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Wish Impact

Wish Impact

A wish transforms the lives of children, their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals, and entire communities.

A wish is not a fleeting gift – it’s a carefully planned journey, designed to complement a child’s medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness. The whole wish journey – from wish capture to building anticipation to lasting memories – aids physical and emotional healing through building strong positive experiences, applying principles of positive psychology. This way the wish journey builds resilience and helps children to better cope with their critical illness.

According to the results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study that surveyed wish parents, health professionals, and Make-A-Wish® volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses. When wish kids are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family.

Health professionals treating them say the wish experience is an important adjunct to medical treatment, and they observe their patients feel better and comply more readily with treatment protocols when they experience their wish come true. And the community volunteers who grant wishes say the wish granting process heightens both their ability to see the best in others, and their commitment to actively help more people in need.        

Improved Health Status

  •  Health professionals who treat wish kids, including nurses and doctors, overwhelmingly believe that the wish experience can improve a wish kids’ physical health.
  •  Most health professionals say a wish come true has the potential to be a positive turning point in the child’s battle for health.
  •  Parents and volunteers observe that a wish come true makes kids feel stronger and more energetic.
  •  Wish kids are more willing to comply with difficult, but vital, treatment regimens.
  •  Parents and medical professionals alike describe the wish experience as a frequent turning point in wish kids’ battles for health.

A combined 89 percent of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.*


Enhanced State of Mind

  •  Children and their parents alike experience more happiness and less fear in their lives.
  •  Children are less isolated from friends, and feel a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling “normal” again.
  •  They are empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their critical illnesses.
  •  Parents say their family units – often strained to the limit by stresses of the illnesses – are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.

Ninety-nine percent of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families. *

Strengthened Communities

  • Volunteers feel an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others in their community.
  • They feel a renewed faith in humanity.
  • They trust others more and feel more optimistic about the future.
  • They feel a greater long-term commitment to philanthropy.

Ninety-five percent of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity. *

 “Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. – Aug. 2011” (consolidated results), Nov. 2, 2011.



My husband and I are blessed to be volunteers for the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Every time we grant a wish, it makes our hearts smile! We are looking forward to seeing many more smiling faces as more wishes are granted by Make-A-Wish! ”

— Michelle and Collin Keller, Wish Granters

Azalee, 6, "I wish to have an iPad"

Azalee, 6, "I wish to have an iPad"

General Wish Facts

  • In the United States and its territories, on average, Make-A-Wish grants a wish every 34 minutes.
  • Every wish experience is driven by the wish kid’s interests, creativity and personality.
  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness 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 Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana grants wishes to children from 47 counties in the Texas Gulf Coast area and all 64 parishes of Louisiana.
  • Our chapter is governed by a 41-member Board, made up of 25 directors and 16 advisors from both states as well as an 9 member staff to cover both states. Volunteer committees assist in all phases of our mission, from child-focused wish teams to solicitation of goods and services to meet the needs of specific wishes.
  • Make-A-Wish Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana is one of 60 chapters throughout the United States and its territories. Since our chapter’s inception in 1984, we have granted over 8,200 wishes, and, during our fiscal year 2019, we granted 525 wishes. 
  • Together, generous donors, supporters, staff and 35,000 volunteers create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
  • To maintain the integrity of the mission of Make-A-Wish, responsible stewardship of funds is promised to every donor, sponsor, volunteer and wish family.  Each year the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana chapter’s financial records are audited by an independent auditing firm. The fiscal 2018 audit confirmed that 93 cents of every dollar donated was used or set aside for the granting of wishes – the Foundation’s main purpose – while only 7 cents from every dollar went towards administration and fundraising. 
  • As of fiscal year 2020 the average cost of a wish for this Make-A-Wish chapter is $9,700.
Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana
12625 Southwest Freeway
Stafford, TX 77477
(281) 491-9474

Make-A-Wish® Texas Gulf Coast & Louisiana, Louisiana Office
3340 Severn Avenue
Suite 350
Metairie, LA 70002
(504) 846-9474
Toll Free (888) 677-9474