7 Things You Didn’t Now About Make-A-Wish®

MorganMake-A-Wish creates life changing wishes for children with critical illnesses and are on a quest to bring every eligible local child’s wish to life. You may recognize the name, but here are seven things, you don’t know about the largest wish granting organization.

1. There is a local Make-A-Wish chapter right here in Reno, Nevada.
Make-A-Wish® Northeastern California and Northern Nevada covers 37 counties – 14 of which are in Nevada. Their main office is headquartered in Sacramento, but they have a regional office located in downtown Reno.

2. Research has shown that a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey.
Doctors are using the wish experience as part of their treatment plan. It’s not a last wish. It’s a lasting wish. The majority of Make-A-Wish recipients live beyond their illness.

3. A wish is granted every nine days in the Northern Nevada and Lake Tahoe region.
That’s right, every week and a half, a child replaces fear with hope by having their
wish granted.

4. Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada grants more than 300 wishes every year.
A wish gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together and unites communities.

5. For a child to receive a wish, they must be referred to the organization by either a member of the medical team, a parent or guardian or the potential wish child.
Referrals can be made over the phone (775.826.8008) or online at

6. The average cash cost of a wish is $7,500
Make-A-Wish solely receives funding from local donors and sponsors. In fact, when donors give to Make-A-Wish from the Northern Nevada region, it will go directly to granting a child’s wish from the same area.

7. Make-A-Wish Northeastern California and Northern Nevada was one of the earliest chapters.
Since the organization was established in 1983, the local chapter has granted more than 6,300 wishes. 1,000 of which were right here in Nevada.

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