The Wish Journey

A wish is not a fleeting gift – it’s a carefully planned journey, designed to complement a child’s medical treatment, and give them the hope, strength and joy they need to fight their illness.

The whole Wish Journey – from wish capture to building anticipation to lasting memories – aids physical and emotional healing by building strong positive experiences through the application of principles of positive psychology. This way, the Wish Journey builds resilience and helps children to better cope with their critical illness.

A wish-come-true empowers and transforms the lives of anyone who plays a part. It allows everyone involved, whether family members, volunteers, sponsors or extended communities, to experience true happiness. It gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together, and unites communities throughout the Wish Journey – not just at the point of wish realisation.

Wish Journey Stages:

Wish Capture

Make-A-Wish volunteers visit the child to uncover what the child's most cherished wish is

Wish Coin

Each child is given a wish coin as a promise that their wish will come true. Many kids take their coin to treatment or sleep with it under their pillow

Wish Design

Every child's imagination is unique so we design each journey to create an extraordinary experience that stays true to the child's cherished wish

Wish Anticipation

This can be as powerful as the wish itself. It builds the excitement and often provides a welcome distraction from gruelling medical treatment

Wish Realisation

Fulfilling a wish beyond a child's wildest imagination

Wish Impact

The positive impact of a wish lasts long after the wish is granted, and spreads to everyone involved in making the wish come true

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