Our wish children are diagnosed by their doctor as having a serious illness, which puts their lives at risk or is the cause of a significant handicap.
A great number of our children are referred to us by health professionals in Switzerland, mostly the treating physicians from the major paediatric hospitals.
A wish come true helps children feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical condition. A wish brings a positive emotional impact to a child and can have a long-lasting impact.
All our wishes incorporate the family of the child and this is very beneficial for them all. Together they anticipate, experience and enjoy the wish. And, later enjoy the cherished memories of the wish.
Studies* led by our American and British counterparts indicate that physicians and nurses see the vital role that a positive state of mind plays in a patient’s ability to fight illness, and they see the wish experience as a powerful force to improve the mental and emotional health of wish children and their families alike.
Parents report, and health professionals observe, that wish experiences help repair and strengthen their families through a return to normalcy, and that feelings of hope and optimism replace fear and stress.
* source : National USA survey of the Make-A-Wish “community”, including health care professionals, wish families and volunteers conducted by ICC Group from 2010 through 2011.