Our wish kids, children diagnosed with a critical illness, are heroes themselves. The second they are diagnosed, they are robbed of a “normal” childhood and pushed to limits no child should ever have to face. But the possibility of a wish helps them tap into a power from within. Research shows that wishes have the possibility to give kids the hope and strength they need to fight harder.
The proof is not only in their widened eyes as they learn their one true wish is coming true; or in their never-ending smiles during their wish experience — it’s in the results their doctors see well after the wish has come true.
THE PROOF IS IN THE POWER
We’ve seen firsthand how the promise of a wish come true can bring the light back into the life of wish children and their families. Even after wishes are granted, we’ve always known it’s never quite over.
Now there’s science to prove it.
In 2015, Make-A-Wish Israel conducted a study to measure how wish-granting experiences influence medical outcomes of children with critical illnesses. The results revealed wishes not only increased hope, they also improved the children's physical and emotional health. The wishes made the impossible, possible — helping children replace fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.
This is what researchers had to say:
It is possible that wishing enabled these children to dream about what seemed unobtainable, out of reach, and thus created an experience of achieving the impossible.
In another recent study, Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined quality of life and health care utilization among patients who received a wish and a control group who did not. The study found patients who were granted a wish were more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital and emergency department visits. For the first time this study lets us say that a wish is more than just nice. A wish is something that potentially can help the health of a child get better over time. - Dr. Anup Patel, section chief of Neurology at Nationwide Children’s Hospital
If the impossible can happen once, what’s stopping it from happening again? That’s what a wish does. It helps our wish kids tap into their power to achieve the seemingly impossible and overcome their illnesses.
But right now, only 1 out of every 2 eligible children is granted a wish due to limited resources. Only half get the opportunity to discover their true power.
You can help. By becoming part of The Wishmaker® Club, our monthly donor program, you can help more wish kids experience the physical, psychological and emotional health benefits only a wish can provide.
BECOME A WISHMAKER HERO
Uncovering your own ability to heal can be done in a flash. Just click here to see how you can make wishes come true. You can even earn exclusive Make-A-Wish® swag (aka Warrior Wear)!