Frequently Asked Questions
How do you find the children?
The wish children are referred to us by their parents, physician, social worker, teacher or neighbor. Some kids even refer themselves. Anyone can refer a child to Make-A-Wish®. But the family needs to be aware of and agree to the referral.
Are all the children terminal?
No, Make-A-Wish fulfills wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. A great majority of the children we have helped are still alive today.
What illnesses qualify for a child for a wish?
Conditions that generally qualify children for our services include, but are not limited to, various forms of cancer, heart disease, Cystic Fibrosis, Duchenne’s muscular dystrophy and organ transplants. Children with more chronic conditions like cerebral palsy, diabetes, developmental delays, epilepsy, Crohn’s disease or Spina Bifida may qualify if their conditions are coupled with other complications and the combination is considered life-threatening.
Spot Says… Friends and family are our biggest referral source. Do you know a child who might qualify?