How wishes help

For a child fighting a life-threatening condition, a wish is so powerful. It gives hope for the future and provides the strength they need to fight their condition.

The impact starts right from the beginning of the wish journey and can even be seen years after the wish has taken place. Physically, emotionally and socially – a wish is so much more than a day, week or month. It can be the start of a more positive outlook on their life and treatment.

Wish child Harry laughing

"I've noticed a very positive change in every single child, and their family, that Make-A-Wish has granted a wish to. A Make-A-Wish wish helps in so many ways that medicine cannot. A wish gives hope, offers light at the end of the tunnel and respite in the face of debilitating conditions."

Dr Larissa Kerecuk
Consultant Paediatric Nephrologist, Birmingham Children's Hospital

We spoke to 420 wish families in 2015 to find out the impact our wishes had on them. Read our Impact Report below to find out how wishes changed their lives.