Children's Wish Foundation fulfills wishes for children up to the age of 18 who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness. Every application is treated individually, and each Wish is given individual attention. We make all arrangements for the Wish, cover necessary expenses required, and arrange all travel, including transportation, accommodations and meals throughout the trip.
Children's Wish Foundation created the Young Minds Program especially for children up to four-years-old, or for children who are cognitively under the age of four. Children's Wish Foundation has worked with members of the medical community to select developmentally appropriate items to bring happiness, comfort, and entertainment to the children served.
For a family in the midst of the challenges that come with caring for a seriously ill child, often the best relief is a simple, quick escape. We rely on generous donations from local retailers, restaurants, and merchants for families to enjoy a special dinner together or a trip to a local family entertainment center or theater. We also obtain tickets to sporting events, the circus, concerts and shows, giving families a fun evening out that they will always remember.
Children's Wish Foundation International's Hospital Donation program was developed to reach more of our potential Wish children. The goal is to make hospital visits/stays more comfortable for children with life-threatening illnesses (as well as their families) by providing items to a network of hospitals across the United States. We also hold events at pediatric hospitals to encourage children and their families to leave the hospital room behind to enjoy activities, games, parades, and arts and crafts.
The "Just Because..." program was created for children who are facing hospital stays and apprehensive about being away from the comforts of home and family. This unique program provides children with a "simple wish'', such as a favorite toy, game, activity, stuffed animal, or other gift—just because! These small wishes are designed to help distract children from the fears and anxieties of hospitalization, helping them find a sense of security and ease.