Granting wishes to critically ill children.
Make-A-Wish has the unique ability to transform a child’s life during some of their most difficult times, as a wish creates an opportunity for hope and the ability to experience life beyond their illness. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope. Wishes help kids look past the limitations of their illness. Most importantly, wishes can improve a child's quality of life, giving them a better chance of recovering.
Wishes usually fall into one of four categories: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to have, and I wish to meet. In an effort to alleviate any possible stress on the family, Make-A-Wish covers all expenses related to making the wish come true. On average, a wish costs between $7,500 and $10,000. We are proud to share that 82% of every dollar raised goes toward our wish-granting program, helping grant the wishes of children across Nebraska.
Right now we are living in unprecedented times, and because of COVID-19, we had to make the difficult decision to postpone all wishes involving travel until further notice. This means more than 40 wishes have been postponed this spring and summer. When you add those to all the other wishes in progress that's over 140 Nebraska wishes waiting to be granted. Make-A-Wish Nebraska remains focused on our mission of granting the wish of every eligible child, but we cannot do it alone. These wishes will need financial support when the postponements end. Your help today will bring hope and joy to Nebraska wish kids in your community.
HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS: $10 purchases sand toys for a backyard play structure. $50 purchases sunscreen and beach towels for a wish trip to the ocean. $250 purchases a wish enhancement like a shore excursion for a wish to go on a cruise. $500 purchases electronics as part of a shopping spree wish. $1,000 purchases a hotel stay for a family who is going to the theme parks in Orlando.
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR IMPACT: “My senior year of high school, I didn’t think I’d make it through. All the time reminding myself that my wish would come soon and would be worth it all. I was right, because for the rest of my life I will carry the memories and the joy that my wish brought me.” – Lillie, wish granted in 2019
“Like many children who face life-threatening medical conditions, Sam desperately needed something positive to look forward to. Make-A-Wish brought him the hope and joy needed to get through the toughest part of the transplant process.” – Will and Colleen, wish parents