Does “life-threatening” mean “terminal?”
No. A life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process.
How much does it cost a family to have a wish granted? Nothing. There is no cost to the family, we take care of everything.
What can a child wish for?
We like to say that a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination; however, some restrictions do apply to protect the safety of the child.
How old does a child have to be to have a wish granted?
The child must be older than 2½ and younger than 18 at the time they are referred to Make-A-Wish® Philadelphia & Susquehanna Valley to have a wish granted.
Can the child’s family participate in the wish?
Yes, the wish experience extends to the entire, immediate family living in the home, knowing that parents and siblings want to share in the magic too.
Can a child qualify for a wish if they have received one from another wish-granting organization?
No, a child that has received a wish from another wish granting organization is not eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish.
Does the family’s financial status matter?
No, the economic background of the child and their family has no bearing on whether or not a wish is granted. The only qualifying factors are age and medical condition.
Are all wishes publicized?
No, families can choose whether they will allow publicity of the wish. We always respect their need for privacy.
What if a child has special medical needs during a wish?
If a child has special medical needs during a wish, they are discussed with the physician and family beforehand and provided for by Make-A-Wish as needed.
Does Make-A-Wish participate in chain letter wishes?
No. Each day, Make-A-Wish and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Jessie Anderson, Shane Bernier, Chad Briody , Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, Anthony Hebrank, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Craig Sheldon, Craig Shelford, Craig Shelton, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shergold, Bryan Warner and Kayla Wightman.