This Year's Project: Beatrice Wish Child
About Our Organization
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Make-A-Wish Nebraska grants the wishes of children who are between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years old. Our Lincoln office serves thirteen counties southeast Nebraska, including Gage County.
Current Project: Beatrice Wish Child
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 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.
As we celebrate Make-A-Wish Nebraska’s 40th anniversary in 2023, we remain intent on granting the wishes of every eligible child in Nebraska. Currently, Make-A-Wish Nebraska has over 150 wishes in progress and we need the community’s support now more than ever. We are asking the community to rally around our local wish kids to help raise critical funds that will ensure their wishes can be granted as soon as possible. We know that together, we can do extraordinary things.
HOW WE USE YOUR CONTRIBUTIONS:
- $10 –Helps purchase supplies to create wish send-off signs and posters
- $50 – Helps purchase decorations for a wish reveal
- $100 - Helps cover the cost of limo rides for wishes
- $250 – Helps cover the cost of surprise gifts and souvenir money for wishes
- $500 – Helps fund zookeeper wishes and puppy wishes
- $1,000 – Helps fund computer and electronics wishes
· $2,500 – Helps fund shopping spree wishes, gaming wishes and celebration party wishes
· $5,000 – Helps fund wishes for room remodels, playhouses and “I wish to be” wishes
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR IMPACT:
“Having a week away was so much more than just a trip or a vacation for us. Being able to see our children laugh, run, and experience together was an entire gift in itself. Levi would say his favorite part was all the incredible roller coasters at each of the parks. As his momma, seeing him do these with absolutely no fear brought SO much joy to my heart and tears to my eyes. For so long he has been unable to do the "typical things" and felt like he was isolated from his peers. This experience, even though he struggled with his mobility some days while there, made him feel like just a normal kid! We truly would have never been able to experience all of this without Make-A-Wish. These will be memories we will hold special for the rest of our life.” Michaela, wish mom
“I think the piece for me that really stands out is the sense of community. On the day they delivered Millie’s playhouse, there was a whole team of people busily making sure it happened just right. They had to bring in a huge crane to get the playhouse in place. What struck me and humbled me was that these people barely knew our family or Millie. They were just there to give a little girl her wish. That fills me with awe and gratitude to this day.” -- Tom, wish dad