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Learn About Make-A-Wish

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Make-A-Wish mission: We grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Make-A-Wish Washington is local!
  • We have an office in Spokane with two full-time staff and 82 volunteers in Eastern Washington
  • Each year, we grant about 70 wishes to local children, and we have granted nearly 900 wishes in Eastern Washington since our inception.
  • We currently have 63 children in Eastern Washington waiting for their wish
More than 75 percent of Eastern Washington wishes involve travel, and we always need donated airline miles.
  • Every 40,000 miles donated equals a free ticket, which results in significant savings to the Make-A-Wish Washington and it doesn’t cost you a dime.
  • We need airline miles to send kids and their families on what is often their first vacation together.
  • Last year, we used 7,427,500 donated miles for Eastern Washington kids and their families alone. That equates to 185 tickets and a total cost savings of more than $83,000.
Make-A-Wish Washington grants wishes to children who:
  • Are between the age of 2 ½ and 18
  • Have a life-threatening medical conditions
  • Have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization
The wish experience is an important part of the treatment protocol!

In an independent research firm surveyed hundreds of wish families, healthcare professionals and volunteers about the impact of a wish and the results were astounding:
  • A combined 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
  • 97 percent of wish families and 96 percent of health professionals observe increases in wish kids’ emotional health.
  • 71 percent of former wish kids say the wish contributed to saving their lives.
  • 99 percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increases feelings of happiness.
We are not reaching all eligible children who may qualify! To try to reach more local children, our referral process has changed. Now, more people can refer a child for a wish. We accept referrals from:
  • A parent or guardian
  • Doctors or medical professionals
  • The child themselves
  • Anyone close to the child who is familiar with their medical history
Some recent wishes include:
  • Carter’s wish to go on a Disney cruise
  • Samantha’s wish to be a nurse
  • Edan’s wish to visit his grandparents in England
  • Elizabeth’s wish to swim with dolphins in Hawaii
  • Anna and Maddie’s wishes to go to Disney World

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