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Refer a Child

Every wish experience begins with a referral.

We rely on wish referrals from caring individuals to help us reach more kids with life-threatening medical conditions every year and grant them a wish that changes lives, forever. The eligibility consideration process is initiated when a wish referral inquiry is submitted to the local chapter. Learn more about who is eligible for a wish, who can refer a child and how the referral process works.

Who is Eligible?

A child with a life-threatening medical condition who has reached the age of 2½ and is younger than 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish.

Who Can Refer a Child?

Potential wish kids, medical professionals, parents, legal guardians and family members with detailed knowledge of the child's current medical condition can initiate the referral process.

What Can A Child Wish For?

The child's imagination is always the driving force in determining, designing and coordinating the wish experience. Wish requests typically fall into one of five categories, but every wish is unique and powerful.

Referral Inquiry Form

You may use our online inquiry form, or contact your local chapter, to get more information about referring a child who lives in the United States or one of its territories.

Share the Referral Inquiry Form

Share our online inquiry form with someone who can refer a child who lives in the United States or one of its territories.

Latest Status Update

  • Ayesha was in kindergarten when she was diagnosed with a rare cancer and told she would only live to the age of 16. She wished to go to Walt Disney World – a trip that her family thought would be her last. Now 30 years old, Ayesha works at Disneyland and is engaged to be married. “That trip reaffirmed what my parents taught me about charity, caring and giving,” says Ayesha. Read more about her story: wish.org/Disney. (Make-A-Wish America)

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Make-A-Wish® Hudson Valley
832 South Broadway
The Wish House
Tarrytown, NY 10591
(914) 478-9474