Wish Fulfillment Organizations

WISH FULFILLMENT ORGANIZATIONS – provide chronically or seriously ill children and their families the opportunity to have a dream come true. Wishes usually fall into one of three categories: trips, celebrity meetings or a special item.

Most organizations listed below grant wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 18, exceptions are noted on our listing below. It is important to let the child choose their wish, apart from the influence of others, because most organizations allow a child to have only one wish granted. Geographical boundaries, if any, are listed next to each listing. Also, some organizations require that a health professional make the initial contact. It is important to understand the requirements of the wish organization before proceeding with the request. Contact the organizations directly for specifics of their wish granting programs.

The following listing was provided by The American Brain Tumor Association. Neither they nor the Rein In Sarcoma Foundation endorse any of the organizations listed nor guarantee that individuals will qualify for the services they provide. Please contact each organization for their specific guidelines. This resource was made possible by a generous Social Work Grant from the Tim and Tom Gullikson Foundation to the American Brain Tumor Association.

For Children

BELIEVE IN TOMORROW NATIONAL CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION
800-933-5470 www.believeintomorrow.org
Provides a variety of programs and services to children with life-threatening illness including hands on adventures, dreamsurfer website, and retreat housing in various locations throughout the United States, free of charge.

CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION

800-323-WISH
Children under the age of 18 with a life threatening illness. Grants final wishes.

CLAYTON DABNEY FOUNDATION
214-361-2600 www.claytondabney.org
Provides gifts, last wishes and financial assistance to families which will facilitate quality of family life and create everlasting memories. Child must be considered terminal, under the age of 21 and be referred by a healthcare professional. Cap per family is usually $2,000.

COMPASSION PARTNERS 407-396-6065
Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well.

DISNEYLAND 714-781-1576
The Medical Compassion Program will provide free passes for children with cancer.

THE DREAM FACTORY
800-456-7556

Grants wishes to children with life-threatening illness or who are chronically ill.

GIVE KIDS THE WORLD
800-995-5437
Wishes are granted for a trip to Disney World or other Florida attraction.

HEAD TO HOLLYWOOD
KenH2H@gmail.com
A non-profit program that provides comfort and escape to survivors of cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors by giving them an all-access-pass inside a world usually reserved for celebrities — including attendance at Hollywood events and parties, VIP access to television and movie sets, personal meetings with stars, as well as access to celebrity spa and beauty.

KIDS HELPING KIDS
973-783-0697
An organization of teens that raise funds to provide equipment, services, companionship and special wishes for children who have been affected by catastrophic illness or injury.

KIDS WISH NETWORK
888-918-9004
Grants wishes to children ages 3-18 with a life-threatening illness.

LIGHTHOUSE FAMILY RETREAT
678-290-2955
Provides a seaside family retreat for children with cancer and their families at no charge.

MAKE-A-W SH FOUNDATION
Grants wishes to children with a life-threatening medical condition up until the age of 18.

MARTY LYONS FOUNDATION
212-977-9474
Provides wishes to children ages 3-17 who have been diagnosed as having a terminal or chronic life threatening illness.

MEMORIES OF LOVE
800-625-1566 www.memoriesoflove.org
The Memories of Love vacation is provided to parents who are living with a life threatening medical condition. The focus is on helping them create joyful family memories for them and their children. The vacation includes a six day vacation to Orlando as well as tickets to local theme parks, food vouchers and $200 for any out of pocket expenses.

NICKILEACH FOUNDATION
904-304-8531 www.nickileach.org
Provides assistance to children and young adults between the ages of 16 and 25 diagnosed with a life threatening, malignant medical condition. Helps with the costs of items they normally would not ask for but would love to receive, and provides a momentary diversion from the reality of living with cancer. Funding may help with car expenses, clothing, hair or makeup as well as for the purchase of a camera, computer or special trip.

OPERATION LIFT OFF
314-298-9770 www.operationliftoff.com
Offers wish trips for children with a life-threatening illness.

THE RAINBOW CONNECTION 248-601-9474
Grants wishes to children between the ages of 3 and 18 with life-threatening illness in Michigan only. Also offers scholarships and financial assistance to past wish recipients.

RUSH-MILLER FOUNDATION
866-273-2925 www.rushmillerfoundation.org
Provides tandem bikes for those with visual impairments.

A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION
800-486-WISH www.spwish.org
Grants wishes to children in the United States as well as Moscow up to the age of 20, including infants.

SUNSHINE FOUNDATION
800-457-1976 www.sunshinefoundation.org
Provides trips to Disneyland for children ages 3 to 18.

WISHING STAR FOUNDATION
800-685-6956 www.wishingstar.org
Grants wishes to children ages 3 to 21 with life-threatening disease. Children must reside in Idaho or Washington.

WISHING WELL FOUNDATION USA
888-ONE-WISH www.wishingwellusa.org
Provide children with life threatening illness with their fondest wish in life.

UNITED SPECIAL SPORTSMEN ALLIANCE
800-518-8019 www.childswish.com
A non-profit Christian organization that coordinates with other agencies to grant terminally ill and disabled children and youth an outdoor adventure of their dreams

For Adults and Children

KYLEE’S DANCING ANGELS
www.kyleesdancingangels.org
Kylee’s Dancing Angels is a non-profit foundation established in honor and memory of Kylee Brooke Webster, who lost her battle to sarcoma in October 2013. Through fundraising efforts and the establishment of partnerships with people and organizations that Kylee held close to her heart, Kylee’s Dancing Angels hopes to make a positive difference in the lives of others who have been diagnosed with sarcoma. Together, these organizations provide the financial means necessary to help sarcoma patients get to their “happy place”—a spot Kylee was always able to find when she had the opportunity to dance.

For Adults

COMPASSION PARTNERS 407-396-6065
Provides admission to several parks in Central Florida including Disney Theme Parks, Sea World, Universal Studios Orlando and Busch Gardens. Passes are available for those facing a life-threatening or terminal illness and their family members as well.

CROSSING THE FINISHLINE
267-708-0510 www.crossingthefinishline.org
Offers a one-week excursion for adults between the ages of 24 and 50 that have been diagnosed with cancer. Patients must reside in Delaware, Pennsylvania or New Jersey.

THE DREAM FOUNDATION
805-564-2131 www.dreamfoundation.com
Grants final wishes to terminally ill adults over the age of 18.

FOREVER YOUNG
901-299-7515 www.foreveryoungseniorwish.org
A non-profit organization whose purpose is to reach out to residents of nursing homes, assisted living facilities, hospice programs, home-bound individuals and adult day care facilities, regardless of age, to help make their dreams come true.

HEAD TO HOLLYWOOD
KenH2H@gmail.com www.headtohollywood.com
A non-profit program that provides comfort and escape to survivors of cancerous and noncancerous brain tumors by giving them an all-access-pass inside a world usually reserved for celebrities — including attendance at Hollywood events and parties, VIP access to television and movie sets, personal meetings with stars, as well as access to celebrity spa and beauty.

NEVER TOO LATE
317-823-4705 www.nevertoolate.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to the elderly (over 65) or to those that have a terminal illness. They will also grant wishes to a permanent nursing home resident regardless of their age.

REELING AND HEALING MIDWEST
866-237-5725 www.reelingandhealing.org
A non-profit organization that hosts several fly-fishing retreats for women and men with cancer throughout the year. Also offer a retreat for family, friends and caregivers once each year as well.

SECOND WIND DREAMS
678-624-0500 www.secondwind.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to older adults living in eldercare facilities or in hospice care. They have granted wishes throughout the United States, Canada as well as India.

International

THE CHILDREN’S WISH FOUNDATION OF CANADA
800-267-9474 www.childrenswish.ca
For Canadian children only.

DONNA’S DREAM HOUSE
01253 75222 http://donnasdreamhouse.org
Offer children with life-threatening illnesses a chance for a free holiday with their families.

MAKE-A-WISH FOUNDATION INTERNATIONAL
602-230-9900 www.worldwish.org
Grants wishes to children with a life-threatening medical condition up until the age of 18 in 28 countries and regions outside of the United States.

SECOND WIND DREAMS
678-624-0500 www.secondwind.org
A non-profit organization that grants wishes to older adults living in eldercare facilities or in hospice care. They have granted wishes throughout the United States, Canada as well as India.

A SPECIAL WISH FOUNDATION
800-486-WISH www.spwish.org
Grants wishes to children in Moscow as well as in the United States up to the age of 20 who are diagnosed with a life threatening disorder.

STARLIGHT CHILDREN’S FOUNDATION, UK
020 7262 2881 www.starlight.org.uk
Provide wishes for children, between 4 and 18, suffering from life threatening or life
shortening illness. They also have branches in Canada, United States and Australia.

SUNSHINE DREAMS FOR KIDS
800-461-7935 www.sunshine.ca
Makes dreams come true for Canadian children ages 3 to 18 who are challenged by severe physical disabilities or life-threatening illnesses.

WHEN YOU WISH UPON A STAR
0115 979 1720 www.whenyouwishuponastar.org.uk
When You Wish Upon a Star’s endeavor is to provide a unique wish experience for as many of these brave and courageous children as possible ages 2 to 16 who are facing a life threatening illness.

In Addition . . .

The Candlelighters Childhood Cancer Foundation publishes a listing of wish fulfillment organizations. Their list can be obtained by calling: 800-366-2223.