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We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because wishes are an important part of a child’s treatment journey. Wishes provide kids hope when they need it most, and research shows they have effects on children’s overall well-being and health outcomes. In fact, wishes have proven physical and emotional benefits that can give children with critical illnesses a higher chance of survival. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy and anxiety with hope.

This incredible medical team at OHSU Doernbecher Children's Hospital supports our courageous wish kids every day. In this candid panel interview the team talks about the medical impact of a wish: "We take it very seriously as really a very important part of treatment and therapy."

The Dr. Patel Wish Impact Study

We’ve known anecdotally about the transformational power of a wish, and now a first-of-its-kind study from Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) is opening the door to possibilities of medical and financial benefits.

A team of researchers, led by Anup Patel, MD, director of the Complex Epilepsy Clinic at NCH, examined quality of life and health care utilization among patients who received a wish and a control group who did not. The study found patients who were granted a wish were more likely to have fewer unplanned hospital and emergency department visits. 

Watch the video below to hear Dr. Patel talk about the true power of a wish and learn more about the study here.


Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Oregon has granted unparalleled wishes to more than 4,000 children in our communities.

  • To qualify for a wish, a child with a critical illness must be older than 2½ years old and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization.
  • A child can be referred by a parent or guardian, a medical professional, or by the child.
  • Following referral, a certified medical professional must verify that the child has a critical illness. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.
  • Nine out of 10 doctors, nurses and health professionals say a wish experience can positively influence the physical health of seriously ill kids.*
  • Parents say that the wish experience marks a turning point in their children's response to treatment; children become empowered to take back control of their lives and to keep up the fight against their life-threatening medical conditions.*
  • Wish parents, wish-granting volunteers and the health professionals who treat and refer wish kids report an increased sense of compassion, greater trust in humanity, an enhanced desire to help others, and a deepened commitment to philanthropy resulting from their wish experience.*
  • More than 80 percent of wish experiences involve travel. We accept frequent flier mile donations online.
  • The Walt Disney Company is involved in about 50 percent of the wishes we grant. The cast and crew work very hard to make each wish extra special and magical and roll out the red carpet to make each child and their family feel like a VIP!
  • The power of a wish is universal! Our organization is international. There are 62 chapters in the United States and its territories, and over 30 in foreign countries.

For more information, view Make-A-Wish Oregon's most recent fact sheet.

* "Wish Impact Study Results – Second Phase: Jan. - Aug. 2011" (consolidated results), November 2, 2011.


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Make-A-Wish Oregon also accepts Alaska Airlines miles. 100% of donated Alaska Airlines frequent flier miles support local children’s destination travel wishes.

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