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Any child/adolescent, birth through 20 years, who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a life-threatening disorder can receive a special wish. The child must be referred to A Special Wish Foundation by a parent or legal guardian, treating physician, or healthcare professional.
A Special Wish Foundation is an organization focusing on hope for a full recovery. A physician only needs to sign a form indicating that the child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition to receive a wish.
Yes. If a child is unable to communicate due to their condition, we focus on the family, relatives, and non-family members (social workers, teachers, etc.) who work with the family to verify the true wish of the child.
Special wishes can only be limited by the imagination of the wish child. Most special wishes are included in the following categories:
- Receiving A Special Gift:
Laptops, shopping sprees, bedroom makeovers, playground sets, televisions, and even a puppy are some gifts that children have been granted.
- Visiting A Special Place:
Trips to Walt Disney World, locations all over the continental U.S., to see the beach for the first time, or see the Super Bowl, a Final Four or All Star Game are some of the destinations Special Wish children have visited for their wish.
- Meeting A Special Hero:
Sports figures, celebrities, movie and television stars, chefs, and political figures have all spent time with our Special Wish children.
We strongly encourage a child be referred to A Special Wish Foundation to receive a wish soon after their diagnosis if possible to bring excitement and anticipation of having a wish fulfilled. We do not have restrictions as to the state of the child's condition to be scheduled for a wish, only that the child is diagnosed with having a life-threatening condition.
We are unable to grant wishes such as motorized vehicles, in-ground pools, travel outside of the United States and Canada, medical equipment, home improvements or cash.
Every attempt is made to include the wish child's immediate family living in the same house with the child. If the wish child is an only child, they are permitted to have a companion also participate in the wish. We also permit a nurse to attend if the child is in need of professional medical assistance.
It is the wish child and family's choice as to the dates for a travel wish. Every attempt is made to work with the family's desired schedule.
No. All expenses including travel, accommodations, food and spending money are paid by the foundation through donations, fundraising efforts and in-kind contributions.
No. There is absolutely no income qualification requirements that a wish family must meet in order for a child to be eligible for a Special Wish.
A Special Wish Foundation is strictly funded through donations. All of our wishes are granted through the generous support of corporations and individuals who wish to help grant a wish of a local child.
Corporations often donate through corporate giving or company foundations. Individuals also give annually or chose to donate to honor a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Corporations, organizations or individuals may also choose to give through sponsoring a special fundraising event.
Yes. A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all gifts, including monetary and in-kind are fully tax deductible, as allowed by law. Tax receipts in the form of thank yous are provided by the foundation for all donations.