Wishes Facts & Impact
Wishes are powerful and it requires the support of the community to make them happen. The far-reaching benefits will pleasantly surprise you! Here are some facts and figures that provide a behind-the-scenes look at Make-A-Wish and the work that has been done.
Since 1985, Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties has granted amazing Wishes to more than 1,650 children in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.
To qualify for a Wish, a child with a life-threatening medical condition must be older than 2½ years old 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.
Nine out of 10 doctors, nurses and health professionals say a Wish experience can positively influence the physical health of seriously ill kids.*
Parents say that the Wish experience marks a turning point in their children's response to treatment; children become empowered to take back control of their lives and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.*
Wish parents, Wish-granting volunteers and the health professionals who treat and refer Wish Kids report an increased sense of compassion, greater trust in humanity, an enhanced desire to help others, and a deepened commitment to philanthropy resulting from their Wish experience.*
We accept frequent flier mile donations online.
The Walt Disney Company is involved in about 50 percent of the Wishes we grant. The cast and crew work very hard to make each Wish extra special and magical and roll out the red carpet to make each child and their family feel like a VIP!
The power of a Wish is universal! Our organization is international. There are more than 60 chapters in the United States and its territories, and over 30 in foreign countries.