Jan. 15, 2016, TORONTO – Thanks to an incredible display of generosity from donors and corporate partners and the heartfelt dedication of some very special volunteers and staff, Make-A-Wish® Canada is pleased to announce that it has granted 6,281 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions since inception in 1983.
“Make-A-Wish strives to grant life-transforming wishes to courageous children and families across the country,” says Jennifer Klotz-Ritter, president & CEO, Make-A-Wish Canada. “We are so grateful to the thousands of individuals and organizations that go above and beyond, year after year, to make absolute magic happen for these brave kids at the time when they need it most. These efforts continue to empower children and families, and have a profound impact on so many touched by a wish come true. We thank you!”
For 33 years, Make-A-Wish Canada and its eight regional chapters have helped young Canadians between the ages of three through 17 with a life-threatening medical condition realize their one true wish. Wishes like the dream of seven-year-old Ellie from Ottawa who wanted to meet her cherished friend, six-year-old Brynne from Texas. Ellie and Brynne’s mothers connected online while learning that both girls have the same rare illness, trichohepatoenteric syndrome, and quickly became good friends. Ellie and Brynne followed suit, becoming fast friends, and inevitably wished for the same thing – to meet each other in person. Watch Ellie and Brynne’s journey here.
With close to 500 wishes granted in communities across the country in 2015, Make-A-Wish® resolves to grant even more this year with help from its strong foundation of supporters.
Why Give to Make-A-Wish Canada?
There are several wish-granting organizations in Canada doing great work. Make-A-Wish stands out for some very unique reasons:
- Canadian Focus, Global Reach
All funds raised in Canada support national wish-granting efforts and go towards granting wishes for children in local communities through regional chapters. As an affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, Make-A-Wish is able to collaborate with affiliates in nearly 50 countries around the globe to make wishes come true. This means Canadian children can travel to international destinations with ease and Make-A-Wish Canada can assist with international wish children when they travel to Canada. It also means a seamless wish experience for children and families. Whether the wish happens at home or abroad, there are Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers working to ensure attention is paid to every medical and magical detail, making for truly incredible wish experiences, with profound and far-reaching impact.
- Personal Attention
The goal of Make-A-Wish is to ensure that all wish experiences create lifelong memories for the child and their family. Each wish experience should be as unique and special as the child who wished for it.
Each wish child is given the utmost personal attention. By assigning a team of volunteers who work one-on-one with the child and their family, Make-A-Wish ensures that every wish is tailored uniquely to the child.
Make-A-Wish strives not to combine wishes or involve more than one Make-A-Wish family at a time on the same wish, in order to make each wish experience as special as possible for each child and their family.
- A Proven Impact
The impact of a wish goes far beyond the wish child. A recent Wish Impact Study illustrates how important wishes are, not only to wish kids, but to the child’s family, the health professionals treating them and the volunteers assisting with the wish.
- A combined 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child-life specialists surveyed say they believe the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
- 96 percent of parents say the wish experience strengthened their families.
- 71 percent of adult former wish kids believe the wish experience contributed to saving their lives.
- 92 percent of volunteers, 94 percent of wish parents, 84 percent of medical professionals and 86 percent of adult former wish kids express a deeper commitment to philanthropy and/or volunteering as a result of the wish experience.
To better serve children in need, Make-A-Wish Canada has recently introduced two new outreach offices in Saskatchewan and Vancouver Island to assist with the fulfillment of local wishes in those communities.