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Make-A-Wish Foundation® Celebrating 25 Years

For a sick child, sometimes the slightest diversion can go a very long way. The Make-A-Wish Foundation® has been in the business of amazing distractions – fulfilling wonderful, thrilling wishes – for 25 years. It is our hope that every child who qualifies for a wish has the opportunity to be a part of this kind of adventure.

Our biggest challenge is finding children who are eligible for a wish. One of the greatest misconceptions about the Foundation is that a child must be terminal or dying in order to qualify. This is not true, and it keeps families with sick children from coming forward.

The child's physician makes the determination if a child's condition medically qualifies them for a wish.

There are no waiting lists, no income limits, no hurdles. Just an incredible experience for a deserving child when he/she needs it the most.

Any child between the ages of 2 1/2 to under 18, who has a life-threatening medical condition, may be referred to our organization. Life-threatening conditions that typically qualify include, but are not limited to – types of cancer, cardiomyopathy and other heart conditions, cystic fibrosis, Duchenne's muscular dystrophy, and transplants. Children with more chronic or life-altering conditions such as autism, diabetes, mental retardation or a psychological disorder typically WILL NOT qualify unless the condition is coupled with a life-threatening complication.

Referring a child takes only minutes, but the memories of a wish last a lifetime.

If you know of a child who may qualify, please:

  • Call us at: (800) 676-WISH
  • E-mail us at: email@wishworld.org
  • Visit us online at: www.wishgreaterpa.org and click on "Refer a Child"
  • Write to us at: Make-A-Wish Foundation 707 Grant Street, 37th Floor Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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