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How We Grant Wishes

Step 1: Referral

We rely on medical professionals, parents and children themselves for referrals. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral – and have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization – may be eligible for a wish.

To begin the referral process please complete this Wish Referral Inquiry Form

Our Make-A-Wish Experience went above and beyond. Thank you doesn't even begin to be enough. ”

— Joseph's mom

Step 2: Medical Eligibility

We determine a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition (i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy).

Watching Alex being so happy to have her horse so close to the house was wonderful. She looked forward to getting up everyday to run out to her new barn. ”

— Alex's mom

Step 3: The Wish

We send one of our enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child’s one true wish. These committed volunteers connect with wish children, awaken their imaginations and help them envision an experience with the power to change lives.

Being a wish volunteer is such a hands on experience with the wish child and the family, I felt like I was really a part of it. Always the bearer of good news and happy thoughts! ”

— Stephanie, Wish Granter

Step 4: Creating Joy

Our wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. They strive to personalize each wish and to make it match the wish kid's idea of a perfect day.

Watching so many people come together to help make my child's wish come true is simply a blessing. ”

— Cheryl, A Wish Mom

Get Started

To learn more about referring a child who lives in the United States or one of its territories, you may use our Referral Inquiry Form.

To learn more about referring a child residing outside the United States, please contact Make-A-Wish® International. If you are not eligible to refer a child, please ask the child's family to visit our website or international affiliate.

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Make-A-Wish® East Tennessee
6005 Century Oaks Drive, Suite 500
Chattanooga, TN 37416
(423) 629-9474