What if you had the power to transform a child’s life?
It's difficult to imagine what it must be like to hear the heartbreaking news that your child has been diagnosed with a critical illness. Imagine, for a moment, how powerless you might feel. You do everything you can to maintain a sense of normalcy for your child through endless doctor's appointments, treatments, insurance battles and ultimately, tears. It might seem impossible to help someone so young hang on to hope when they're enduring so much.
But what if there was an opportunity to prescribe that hope? What if there was a way to give them a break from the reality of their battle...to allow them to focus on something completely separate from their illness...and feel real joy? What if there was an opportunity to help them heal that didn't come in the form of a needle or a pill, but came in the form of a wish instead?
Research shows that children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness, which can give them a better chance of surviving and thriving.* In fact, the majority of wish kids whose wishes we grant go on to beat their illnesses and live typical, healthy lives – and they often credit the wish for giving them an edge in their fight.
*Source: Make-A-Wish 2022 Wish Impact Study
WISHES CAN'T WAIT
The number of critically ill children needing the power of a wish is growing in Minnesota. We currently have the budget and staffing to grant 245 wishes this year. With more than 300 kids already waiting for their wish and an additional 100+ eligible kids in your community who haven’t yet been reached, we don’t have the funding needed to grant the number of necessary wishes.
These wishes can’t wait. We know that a wish increases a child’s chance of surviving and thriving, as it gives them something to look forward to, which can lead to renewed strength to fight and a lifelong sense of hope and community. Additional funding is the only thing standing in the way of granting more wishes sooner.
Your generous support is crucial to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child – to help ensure that no child waits even one unnecessary day to experience the hope and joy that a wish brings. We hope you’ll join us in granting even more transformational wishes.
More than 300 MN children are waiting for the hope of a wish, and you have the power to create it.
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
To grant the wish of every eligible child.
WISHES ARE LOCAL
As the leading wish-granting organization in the state, Make-A-Wish Minnesota has granted more than 6,300 wishes in all 87 counties across our state. These life-changing wishes give children renewed energy and strength, bring families closer together and unite communities. Your contribution to Make-A-Wish Minnesota has a local impact and provides a unique opportunity for you to make a difference for children in your own community.