Q. What percentage of my donation goes directly to granting wishes?
A. Approximately 80% of every dollar you contribute to the Make-A-Wish® of Central New York is used directly to help grant wishes. This percentage far exceeds the standard upheld by organizations monitoring the work of charities.
Q. Does "life-threatening" mean "terminal?"
A. No. A life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process.
Q. How much does it cost a family to have a wish granted?
A. Nothing. There is no cost to the family, we take care of everything.
Q. What can a child wish for?
A. We like to say that a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination; however, some restrictions do apply to protect the safety of the child.
Q. How old does a child have to be to have a wish granted?
A. The child must be older than 2 1/2 and younger than 18 at the time they are referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Central New York to have a wish granted.
Q. Can the child’s family participate in the wish?
A. Yes, the wish experience extends to the entire, immediate family living in the home, knowing that parents and siblings want to share in the magic too.
Q. What are the medical criteria for having a wish granted?
A. To qualify for a wish, the child must have a diagnosed illness that is considered to be life-threatening by their physician. We do consider wishes on a case-by-case basis, so it is always best to contact us if there is a question as to whether a child qualifies.
Q. Can a child qualify for a wish if they have received one from another wish-granting organization?
A. No, a child that has received a wish from another wish granting organization is not eligible for a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Q. Does the family have to know I am referring their child?
A. Yes, the family must be aware that the referral is being made.
Q. Does the family’s financial status matter?
A. No, the economic background of the child and their family has no bearing on whether or not a wish is granted. The only qualifying factors are age and medical condition.
Q. Are all wishes publicized?
A. No, families can choose whether they will allow publicity of the wish. We always respect their need for privacy.
Q. What if a child has special medical needs during a wish?
A. If a child has special medical needs during a wish, they are discussed with the physician and family beforehand and provided for by the Foundation as needed.