Make-A-Wish® grants wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions.  A wish experience can be a game changer for wish kids and their families. Thanks to support from Global Genes, Make-A-Wish® can reach more children with life-threatening medical conditions, who may qualify for a wish. A child who has been diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, defined as a progressive, degenerative or malignant medical condition placing the child’s life in jeopardy, may be eligible for a wish. Illnesses that are static or stable do not typically qualify. A child must be between the ages of 2½ and 18 at the time of referral. After a child is referred, Make-A-Wish® will work with that child’s treating physician to determine eligibility.

Who Can Refer:

Though there are many people who care about the wellbeing of a sick child, referrals to Make-A-Wish® can come from:

• Parents or legal guardians

• Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or child-life specialist)

• Family members with detailed knowledge of the child’s medical condition

• Children being treated for a life-threatening medical condition. You will be contacted by your local chapter after a wish referral has been submitted by an approved source.

How To Refer:

Learn more about eligibility and how to refer a child.

Locate the chapter in your area.

A Wish Come True:

Six-year-old Evan is battling spinal muscular atrophy (SMA) and loves recess and basketball … but most of all, he loves to play pirate games. Dreaming up stories about sailing the high seas, Evan won’t let his wheelchair stand between him and a true pirate adventure.

Read Evan’s Wish Story