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Wish Facts

Wish Impact & Facts

A wish is much more than just a nice to have but now a need to have and its reach extends far beyond a single event, or moment in time. Wish kids, parents, medical professionals, volunteers, and others say that wish experiences can change the lives of everyone involved.

According to the results of a 2011 Wish Impact Study that surveyed wish parents, health professionals, and volunteers, a wish come true empowers children with life-threatening medical conditions to fight harder against their illnesses.

Improved Health Status (a combined 89% of doctors, nurses and health professionals surveyed say they believe a wish experience can influence wish kids' physical health.)

  • Health professionals who treat wish kids, including nurses and doctors, overwhelmingly believe that the wish experience can improve a wish kids’ physical health and has the potential to be a positive turning point in the child’s battle for health.

  • Parents and volunteers observe that a wish come true makes kids feel stronger and more energy.

  • Wish kids are more willing to comply with difficult, but vital, treatment regimens.

  • Parents and medical professionals alike describe the wish experience as a frequent turning point in wish kids’ battles for health.

Enhanced State of Mind (99% of parents reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness and 96 percent said that the wish experience strengthened their families.)

  • Children and their parents alike experience more happiness and less fear in their lives.

  • Children are less isolated from friends, and feel a return of self-confidence that comes with feeling “normal” again.

  • They are empowered to take back control of their lives, and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.

  • Parents say their family units – often strained to the limit by stresses of the illnesses – are repaired and strengthened through the shared experience of the wish process.

Strengthened Communities (99% of community volunteers reported an increased sense of compassion and 84 percent felt an increased faith in humanity.)

  • Volunteers feel an increased sense of compassion and desire to help others in their community.

  • They feel a renewed faith in humanity. 

  • They trust others more and feel more optimistic about the future.

  • They feel a greater long-term commitment to philanthropy.

“Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. – Aug. 2011” (consolidated results), Nov. 2, 2011.

Thank you for giving me my child back. This was how I remembered her before her illness happened! ”

— Destiny's mom

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