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National Wish Facts

National Wish Facts

  • Make-A-Wish® grants a wish, on average, every 37 minutes, somewhere in the U.S.
  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid’s interests, creativity and personality.
  • In 2014, Make-A-Wish granted more than 14,200 wishes throughout the U.S. and its territories.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a life-threatening medical condition must be older than 2½ years and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.
  • A child can be referred by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child.
  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
  • Make-A-Wish chapters serve every community in the United States and its territories.
  • More than 27,000 volunteers across the country help us grant thousands of wishes each year.
  • Make-A-Wish needs 2.5 billion frequent flier miles to meet all the travel need for wish kids and their families.
  • Nearly 70 percent of wish experiences involve travel.
  • The Walt Disney Company is involved in 40 percent of the wishes Make-A-Wish grants.
  • Make-A-Wish has granted more than 254,000 wishes in the U.S. since our inception in 1980.


NOTE: These figures are reflective of FY14 (ended August 31, 2014). 

My volunteer experience with Make-A-Wish has been the most emotional, rewarding and life changing opportunity I have been blessed to have in my life. ”

— Volunteer, Karin Strelec

Ryan, 4, "I wish to go to Legoland"

Ryan, 4, "I wish to go to Legoland"

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Tarrytown, NY 10591
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