The following organizations are just some of the many "make a wish" groups out there. Your social worker will of course be an excellent source of helping your child's wish come true.
From personal experience, it is tough to top these people.The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 161,000 children around the world.
- On the Tip of the Toes Foundation
The On the Tip of the Toes Foundation was born out of a passion for teenagers, for medicine, and for outdoors adventure. Established in 1996, the Foundation reaches out to adolescent girls and boys living with various types of cancer at various stages of evolution. The physical aspect of cancer is of course treated in hospital. However, we tend to forget the psychological aspect of this disease, which is just as devastating as the cancer itself, particularly at that age. The objective of the On the Tip of the Toes Foundation is to organise therapeutic adventure expeditions for these children, whose universe has suddenly collapsed as a result of the diagnosis and related treatment.
Heavenly Hats Foundation
"My program was started to provide brand-new hats for cancer patients who lose their hair due to a disease or the treatment of a disease. Heavenly Hats(TM) wants to be able to provide hats to individuals and hospitals in order to help the patients feel better about themselves and to give them the extra courage and hope to win their fight. Hair loss during the battle of a disease can be uncomfortable, depressing and at times even a little humiliating. The hat is just a small symbol of hope and love, but my wish is that it will have the power to brighten the patients day so that they can look to the future with a smile." - The 17 year old founder of Heavenly Hats - Anthony D. Leanna
- Marty Lyons Foundation
The Marty Lyons Foundation was established in 1982 to fulfill the special wishes of children chronologically aged three (3) to seventeen (17) years old, who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or life threatening illness by providing and arranging special wish requests.
- Sunshine Foundation
The Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children aged three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to financial strain that the child's illness may cause. Grants wishes to children suffering from terminal or chronic illnesses throughout the country and the world.
- Children's Hopes & Dreams Foundation
Help Ill and Needy Children by donating 'goodies', toys, stickers, clothes, collectibles, etc.
- The Little Star Foundation
Little Star Foundation participants grants a child and/or family a specialized request. Examples include paid travel and housing expenses to attend physician recommended hospital treatments away from home, laptop computer for long term hospital stays, etc. They also offer a weeklong camp in the mountains for children with cancer.
- Feel Better Friends
Feel Better Friends are handmade dolls stuffed with love and well wishes and then donated to children with cancer and other illnesses. These FBF dolls are meant to comfort the child through difficult situations and hopefully help them understand more about what they are going through. Each doll is specifically made for each child. We try to recreate the likeness of the child in his or her doll. To receive a Feel Better Friends doll please fill out the request form found here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1YseSg-hop35JgkUHpVV1mrG_ECJgYKL6ZymBCf9rlGw/viewform?usp=send_form This form gives me, or one of my volunteers, all the information and photos we need to make the child's custom doll. If you would like to know more about this project or want to see more FBF doll photos please visit www.facebook.com/myshanonigans
- Wishing Well Foundation USA
The Wishing Well Foundation USA Inc. is a non-profit organization headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Foundation’s single goal is to bring joy to children with life threatening illnesses by providing them with their fondest wish in life.
- Childrens Wish Foundation
Our flagship program remains our Wish Fulfillment Program and through it, to date, we’ve fulfilled thousands of Wishes for children in 53
- Famous Fone Friends
Our purpose is to connect seriously ill children with entertainers and athletes through telephone calls. Hospitals refer patients, indicating specific requests or interests, and FFF then coordinates the phone call from the celebrity to the child.
- Give Kids the World
Give Kids The World Village (GKTW) is a 70-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that creates magical memories for children with life-threatening illnesses and their families. GKTW provides accommodations at its whimsical resort, donated attractions tickets, meals and more for a week-long, cost-free fantasy vacation. With the help of many generous individuals, corporations and partnering wish-granting organizations, Give Kids The World has welcomed more than 85,000 families from all 50 states and over 60 countries.
- Kids Wish Network
We grant wishes to kids between the ages of 3 and 18 who are battling life-threatening conditions. The child must be able to communicate his or her wish and cannot have had a wish with another organization. Our wish kids can request just about anything for their wish, including trips to theme parks, meeting celebrities, travel, shopping sprees, computers or commodities. The Kids Wish Network has also developed a funeral assistance program for families of their wish kids that have passed away.
- A Special Wish Foundation
A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization dedicated to granting the wishes of children under the age of 21 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening disorder. Founded in 1982, A Special Wish Foundation was one of the first wish-granting organizations in the United States, and now has chapters across the U.S. and one in Moscow, Russia. Since 1982, wishes have been granted to thousands of qualifying children. A Special Wish Foundation is the only major wish-granting organization in the United States that grants wishes to qualifying infants, children, and adolescents from birth through and including the age of 20 years.
- Challenge Air for kids and friends
Challenge Air builds self-esteem and confidence of children and youth with specials needs, through the experience of flight. Since 1993, Challenge Air has enriched the lives of children and youth with special needs through its unique aviation programs. Challenge Air’s mission reflects the life-changing impact the flight experience has on children, families, donors, sponsors and communities as a whole. With a network of nearly 3,500 volunteers nationwide, volunteers serve as pilots, ground crew, fundraisers, planning committee members and in numerous other capacities. As Challenge Air continues to grow and add more programs across the country, its mission will remain true..... To continue to provide a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to special needs children and youth through the gift of flight.
- Memories of Love
We help create lasting and loving memories by sending the entire family for five days to Orlando, Florida for a fun-filled vacation far removed from mounting medical bills, therapy and hospital visits. Through the generosity of corporate partners and sponsors, we are able to provide tickets to the area's best loved theme parks: Universal Studios / Island of Adventures, DisneyWorld and SeaWorld, as well as a beautiful room at one of a number of Orlando/Kissimmee Resorts, discount meal vouchers, and financial support for travel and incidentals.
- Sunshine Foundation
Sunshine Foundation's sole purpose is to answer the dreams of chronically ill, seriously ill, physically challenged and abused children, ages three to eighteen, whose families cannot fulfill their requests due to the financial strain that child's illness may cause.
Believe in Tomorrow Children's Foundation. Best known for offering parents temporary housing near the hospitals where their children are receiving treatment, this foundation also provides funding for various adventures for children with advanced diseases.
The Clayton Dabney Foundation for Kids with Cancer. Through the Medicine of the Heart program, this foundation anonymously grants wishes to children with advanced cancer who come from families who have a significant financial need. A health care team member, such as a doctor or nurse, must nominate the child.
The Dream Factory. The Dream Factory grants wishes to critically and chronically ill children between three and 18 years old. Parents, guardians, physicians, other caregivers, and children with advanced diseases can make referrals to begin the wish-granting process.
Granted Wish Foundation. The Granted Wish Foundation fulfills wishes for physically challenged children and young adults under the age of 25. Wishes are limited to one per family and for those who have not received a wish by another organization.
Hope Kids. This charity hosts regular events and activities that help restore hope for the future. Hope Kids also provides a support community for children with advanced illnesses and their families.
Jason's Dream for Kids. Jason's Dreams for Kids grants wishes to children diagnosed with advanced disease living in New Jersey. The organization relies on medical professionals and parents for referrals and determines medical eligibility by speaking with the health care team.
Operation Liftoff. Operation Liftoff provides children with advanced illness three types of trips: trips for children with advanced illness, trips for medical treatment in other regions, and group trips to help teenagers with advanced illnesses leave the hospital and bond with peers. Parents and caregivers complete a form to request a trip.
The Rainbow Connection. This organization helps grant wishes to children from Michigan facing an advanced illness. To qualify, children must be between two and a half and 18 years old, live in Michigan, be diagnosed with an advanced illness, and have the diagnosis verified by a physician. In addition, they must not have received a wish fulfillment from any other organization. Medical professionals, parents or guardians, and children may submit wish requests.
- Wishing Star. This charity grants wishes to children with advanced illnesses who are between three and 21 years old and live in Eastern and Central Washington and Idaho. This organization focuses on providing positive and uplifting experiences for children with life-threatening or life-shortening illnesses.
Wish fulfillment organizations for adults and families
- Compassion Partners. This Disney program provides children and their families free passes to Disney theme parks. Passes are available by calling 407-396-5320.
- Deliver the Dream. This organization provides families living with an advanced illness, whether the illness involves a child or a parent, the chance to enjoy a three-day retreat. Health care providers or one of Deliver the Dream's partnering organizations are responsible for referring families to the program.