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Frequently Asked Questions:

Are there any wishes you don't grant?

Answer: Wishes that are not granted by Make-A-Wish® Southwestern Ontario include, but aren't limited to:
  • Direct gifts of money
  • Medical treatment or services
  • Firearms/hunting
  • Motorized vehicles
  • Animals/pets
  • Home improvements
  • Education or tuition
  • Swimming pools
  • Anything that poses a risk of physical, emotional or mental harm

Does a family have to meet financial criteria to be eligible to receive a wish?

Answer:  No. All medically qualified children are eligible for a wish, regardless of family income. Even if a family can afford to fund the wish themselves, we seek to bring elements of surprise, magic and fun to the wish experience that many families could not achieve because of the daily stresses and emotional trauma of having a seriously ill child. We have never had to turn a wish down because of a lack of funds, and take pride in fulfilling a wish for every eligible child in Southwestern Ontario.

Who is included in the wish?

Answer: Immediate family, including parents or legal guardians (maximum of two), siblings under 18 years old who are residing in the home, and step-siblings and half-siblings under 18 years old residing in the home of the wish child.

Does the family have to pay anything for the wish?

Answer: No. We cover all costs to provide every qualified wish child and his/her family with an experience that will last a lifetime.

How long does it take to grant a wish?

Answer: Because every wish is unique, there's no set time frame. The length of time it takes to fulfill a wish varies on the personal situation and flexibility of the child's family. It also depends on the nature and scope of the wish.

Who is eligible for a wish?

Answer: We grant wishes to children aged three through 17 years old with life-threatening medical conditions. We do have some eligibility requirements. For example, the child cannot have received a prior wish from any wish-granting organization and must be able to communicate and comprehend their wish. For more information on eligibility please visit our Refer a Child page.

How can I refer a child for a wish?

Answer: Make-A-Wish accepts referrals from the child's parent/guardian, a medical professional, or even the child themselves. They contact us and begin the process. We always make sure the family is aware of the referral before taking the wish to the next step. If you would like to refer a child but are not their legal guardian or doctor, we encourage you to contact the child's family and have them complete the referral process themselves. For more information, visit our Refer a Child page.

How can I help grant wishes?

Answer: Here are some ways you can help:

What are the most requested types of wishes?

Answer: We have four categories of wishes: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to have and I wish to meet. Some of the most requested wishes include travel, entertainment centres, computer systems, and meeting celebrities.

Where does the money for granting wishes come from?

Answer: In Southwestern Ontario, Make-A-Wish relies on funds donated by generous individuals and corporations. The funds raised in Southwestern Ontario help to deliver wishes to children in the 16 Counties we serve. Click here to learn about our fundraising events. Click here to learn about ways to give. Click here for information on our fundraising programs.

How much does it cost to grant a wish?

Answer: Costs vary within each experience and depend on the complexity of the wish. For example, a travel wish may involve transportation, acommodation, meals and expenses for the immediate family. Across Canada, the average cost of a wish is between $12,000 to $14,000.

How do you decide which children receive a wish?

Answer: Children who have been diagnosed by their physician as having a medical condition that is life-threatening, who have not previously experienced a wish and who are between three and 17 years of age, are eligible for a wish. More detailed guidelines on eligibility are provided to medical professionals on request.

Does a child's illness have to be terminal to be qualified for a wish?

Answer: No. We grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions. In fact, many of our wish children grow into adulthood and lead long, happy lives.

How is a wish determined?

Answer: Once a child is referred by their legal guardian or doctor, Make-A-Wish requests authorization from the child's doctor that the child meets the medical eligibility criteria for the wish. Once approved, we contact the child's family and a volunteer wish grantor then works closely with the family and the child to guide them through the wish process.

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Read our most annual reports to learn more about our wish granting efforts, our corporate partnerships and our mission, and for up-to-date financial information about how we utilize your donations to grant magical wishes.

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If you’re looking for a career that will change your life and the lives of so many others, then we welcome you to consider applying to Make-A-Wish®.

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Our Story

All his life, Christopher James Greicius dreamed of becoming a police officer. In his eyes, the police represented strength, power, and the goodness in life. Chris' dream meant more than anything to him, but even he couldn't have known that his wish would serve as the inspiration for the largest wish-granting organization in the world.

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Our Team

At Make-A-Wish®, we aspire to fulfill our mission – to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. We combine our professionalism with our passion and put them into action to improve the lives of children and families across Southwestern Ontario.

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