Every 20 minutes a child is diagnosed with a critical illness in the U.S.
Every 34 minutes a child is granted a wish somewhere in the U.S.
Only 60% of the children who are eligible for a wish are being reached. Please help us to close that gap.
By Jaime Wintringer
Ella’s wish was granted two years ago, but Make-A-Wish is still a part of her life – in more ways than one. Even long after our days on the beach in the Bahamas, the impact of her wish lives on. It is a power I truly believe in.
Experiences shape who you are as a person, and a wish experience is truly different than any other. It gives children renewed energy and strength – something we’ve seen firsthand before the wish and after.
Most recently, Ella went into the hospital for a major reconstructive surgery. She was expected to be hospitalized for at least one month – she was out in less than a week and a half. Her surgeon was floored, and didn’t understand how she did it. He was stunned, at a loss for words; he’d never seen anything like it. I definitely believe it’s because of the wish. It gave her the power to be able to fight. Those memories excited her. She had something to reflect on, and to motivate her to want to get home.
"Make-A-Wish really allowed my son to give back in such an amazing selfless way. I still can't believe the great things that Make-A-Wish allows these kids to do."
"Make-A-Wish is an integral part of our Brooklyn Community. We couldn't be happier to have Make-A-Wish in our Brooklyn!"
“I’m thankful to Make-A-Wish. I’ve met so many compassionate and amazing people who are clearly motivated to help make a difference in the lives of kids and their families. I want other kids who are facing a tough time - like me – to be able to look back on that specific moment where they can say, ‘That was the day my life changed. That was the day I felt empowered. That was the day I regained the hope I thought I’d lost.’”
“Evelyn was happy... a kind of happy I've never seen before. Her mom and dad were the same. To see her with smiles and joy in her eyes was totally rejuvenating for all of us. To this day she loves when we talk about her wish trip. We can never thank you enough."