This Year's Project: Granting wishes to critically ill children.
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: 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 78% of every dollar raised goes toward our wish-granting program, helping grant the wishes of children across Nebraska.
This has been an unprecedented year, but despite everything, we have continued granting wishes. We continue to grant wishes like campers, play structures, hot tubs, room remodels, playhouses, shopping sprees, and sweet special wishes like a piano, a horse buggy and a treehouse. Wishes have not stopped because hope is essential. The hope of a wish is more than a temporary escape. It is a wellspring of strength for our wish kids to keep fighting for better days ahead and you can unlock its life-changing power today. Don’t wait for hope. Create it.
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. $250 helps cover the cost of limo rides. $500 purchases electronics as part of a shopping spree wish. $1,000 helps fund a “wish to be/meet” wish.
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