The steadfast support Disney provides to Make-A-Wish® dates back to the first official wish kid, Frank “Bopsy” Salazar, whose wish was granted in 1981. In 2015, Disney and Make-A-Wish will grant its 100,000th global wish together.
Disney wish experiences encompass the diversity of its theme parks and resorts, cruise line, celebrity superstars and media properties. Additional support comes from Disney employees, who give generous amounts of time, money and in-kind services to assist Make-A-Wish in our vision of granting every eligible child’s wish. Disney VoluntEARS make big differences in the lives of wish kids and their families.
Each wish experience with Disney is unique – fulfilling the one true wish of a child with a life-threatening medical condition and building family togetherness. When parents tell us about a child’s wish with Disney, they talk about the “nice surprises” and imaginative experiences that exceeded all expectations – how every little details was made perfect for their child.
Last year, more than 7,000 wishes involved Disney’s help, and every year, Disney continues to enrich the lives of wish kids around the world by bringing them hope, strength and joy.
The timeless bonds and memories Disney has created have helped kids through treatments, helped them overcome doubts and despair, and helped them feel and get better – because wishes work wonders.