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Wish Impact and Facts

Wish Impact

The power of a wish® can be difficult to measure in empirical terms; however our 2011 Wish Impact Study gives us the best evidence yet that wish experiences have a profound impact on how our wish kids look at the future, it shows us how the wish experience shapes their adult lives and has even helped save them.

 

The Study's Phase 4 results, which surveyed former wish kids, wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and involved medical professionals offers a clear picture of just how extraordinary the power of a wish can be.

 

By The Numbers

  • 83 percent of adult former wish kids say they experienced improved physical health and strength

  • 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe the wish experience can influence kids' physical health

  • 71 percent of former adult former wish kids believe the wish experience contributed to saving their lives

  • 97 percent of adult former wish kids say they experienced improved mental and emotional health

  • 74 percent of wish parents observed that the wish experience marked a turning point in their children's response to treatment

  • 79 percent of adult former wish kids confirm their wish experience marked a turning point in their treatment and recovery

  • 81 percent of parents observe an increased willingness by their wish kids to comply with treatment protocols

  • 76 percent of adult former wish kids agree that their wish experience helped them with protocol compliance

 

State of Mind

  • Wish kids and their parents alike experience more happiness and less fear in their lives.

  • Wish kids are less isolated from friends, and feel a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling "normal" again.

  • The wish experience gives them a "can-do" attitude, and inspires many of them to take up challenges they had thought were not possible.

  • They are empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Parents say their family unites - often strained to the limit by stresses of the illness - are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.


 

 

Darrien, 7, neurofibromatosis<br>"I wish to be a policeman."

Darrien, 7, neurofibromatosis<br>"I wish to be a policeman."

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