Who can receive a wish?

Any child or teenager, from infant to 20 years, who has been diagnosed by a physician as having a life-threatening disorder can receive a special wish and must be referred to us by a parent, legal guardian, or healthcare professional.

Are wishes reserved for terminally ill children?

No. A Special Wish Foundation focuses on hope for a full recovery. A physician only needs to sign a form indicating that the child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition to receive a wish.

Are children who can’t communicate eligible for a wish?

Yes, absolutely. If a child is unable to communicate due to their condition, we focus on the family, relatives, and non-family members (social workers, teachers, etc.) who work with the family to verify the true wish of the child.

What are your most requested wishes?

Most special wishes are included in the following categories:

  • A Special Gift: Computers, televisions, stereos, video games, even a puppy are included among the wishes we have granted. These wishes can captivate children and help take them away from the pain and uncertainty caused by their disorder.
  • A Special Place: Whether it’s a visit to a special friend or relative, amusement park, or other wish destination, A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. handles complete travel and lodging arrangements for the child and members of the immediate family. This includes air transportation, hotel expenses, meals, spending money, and all other aspects of the travel wish.
  • A Special Hero: So many children dream about someday meeting their special hero, whether it be a sports figure, government leader, rock star or other entertainer. A personal visit is a true morale boost for the child, as well as a memory to hang on to during unsure times ahead.

Special wishes can only be limited by the imagination!

Any restrictions on wishes?

We can’t grant wishes that include motorized vehicles or in-ground pools. And we’re currently unable to grant wishes for international travel outside of the continental United States due to risk and liability.  We also don’t grant wishes for medical equipment, home improvements or cash.

We should we apply for a wish?

We encourage a child be referred to A Special Wish Foundation to receive a wish as soon after their diagnosis as possible to bring excitement and anticipation of having a wish fulfilled. We do not have restrictions as to the state of the child's condition to be scheduled for a wish, only that the child is diagnosed with having a life-threatening condition.

Who can go on the Special Wish?

Whenever possible, immediate family members are included in the granting of wishes, to maximize the joy and memories for the child. 

With a travel-based wish, are there specific dates for travel?

The wish child and family may choose the dates for a travel wish, and we make every attempt to work with the desired schedule.

What does the Wish Family pay?

Nothing at all. All expenses including travel, accommodations, food and spending money are paid by the foundation through donations, fundraising efforts and in-kind contributions.

Is the family’s economic situation a factor of eligibility?

No. There are no income qualification requirements that a wish family must meet in order for a child to be eligible for a Special Wish.

How is the Special Wish Foundation funded?

We are strictly funded through donations. All of our wishes are granted through the generous support of corporations and individuals who wish to help grant a wish of a local child.

Can my company, organization, or family donate?

Corporations often donate through corporate giving or company foundations. Individuals also give annually or chose to donate to honor a birthday, wedding, anniversary, or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Corporations, organizations or individuals may also choose to give through sponsoring a special fundraising event.

Are my contributions tax deductible?

Yes. A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all gifts, including monetary and in-kind are fully tax deductible, as allowed by law. Tax receipts in the form of thank-yous are provided by the foundation for all donations.