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The Impact of a Wish

Wishes are powerful. A lot goes into granting them. The far-reaching benefits will surprise you! Here are some facts and figures that will give you a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish® and its work in the United States and its territories.

Improved Health Status

  • A wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses
  • Health professionals who treat wish kids, including nurses and doctors, overwhelmingly believe that the wish experience can improve a wish kids’ physical health
  • Parents and medical professionals alike describe the wish experience as a frequent turning point in wish kids’ battles for health

** Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families. **

["Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. – Aug. 2011” (consolidated results), Nov. 2, 2011]


Strengthened Communities

  • Many of our volunteers hold more than one position capitalizing on the wide range of talents and providing support to the many areas of Make-A-Wish® Utah
  • They feel a greater long-term commitment to philanthropy and feel a renewed faith in humanity
  • Volunteers feel an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others in their community

General Wish Facts
  • Make-A-Wish has more than 25,000 active volunteers in the United States
  • The Walt Disney Company® is involved in 40 percent of the wishes Make-A-Wish grants
  • Make-A-Wish grants a wish, on average, every 38 minutes and, on average, a child is referred for a wish every 28 minutes
  • The mission of Make-A-Wish is too inspiring for just one country.  Make-A-Wish America and its international affiliates serve communities in over 48 countries and counting
  • We don’t refer to our children as “dying” or “terminal.” In fact, nearly 80% of our wish children are still living
  • To qualify for a wish, children must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, should be over the age of 2 ½ and under the age of 18 at the time of referral and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization
We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. ”

— Make-A-Wish® Mission

Make-A-Wish® Utah
771 East Winchester
Murray, UT 84107
(801) 262-9474
Toll Free Utah Only (800) 860-9474