Make-A-Wish Nebraska


Together, we create life-chaging wishes for children with critical illnesses.

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Categories: Human Services
Counties Served: Hall
Hamilton
Howard
Merrick
Wishes provide children with a vision of the future that they can hold on to, can count on and bring them strength through their treatments. Children fight harder for their health when they have something special looming in their future that they can hope for. Unfortunately, not all of our wish children and their families have a happy ending, which is why a wish can become so important. The strength offered by a wish through our foundation, not only helps the wish child, but the entire family especially the parents who understand that this gift is given to their child by strangers who simply care enough to give their treasures to help.
A wish come true will empower a wish child to fight harder against their illness. When children are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family. The wish process gives power back to the family and wish child who have been powerless to the medical condition. Community volunteers have said the wish process heightens their commitment to actively help more people in need within the community; sharing the power of a wish. When community members are inspired by a wish, it can help bring people together in a truly united way.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation began in Phoenix, Arizona in1980 with the story of a 7-year-old boy named Christopher Greicius and his inspiring wish to become a police officer. Since then, over 285,000 wishes have been granted to children battling life-threatening illnesses across the world, with 62 chapters across the United States and 36 international affiliates. The Nebraska chapter began in 1983 and has granted more than 2,500 wishes to children across the state.