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Make-A-Wish South Carolina grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
THE WISH PROCESS
Every wish is a unique and memorable experience for the wish child, the wish family and all those who participate in the wish. Below is the process through which the Make-A-Wish Foundation is able to create moments of hope, strength and joy for children with life-threatening medical conditions.
STEP ONE: The Wish Referral
A child can be referred for a wish by one of the following three sources:
- A medical professional treating the child (doctor, nurse, social worker, or child-life specialist)
- The child's parents or legal guardians
- The potential wish child
STEP TWO: Determining the Child's Eligibility
A child with a life-threatening medical condition, who is over the age of 2½ and under the age of 18 at the time of referral, may be eligible for a wish. The child's physician makes the final determination of whether a child is medically eligible to receive a wish.
STEP THREE: Choosing a Wish
After the physician confirms that the child is medically eligible to receive a wish, Make-A-Wish assigns a volunteer wish team to create a magical wish experience for the child. During the wish team's visit, they ask the child what his or her one favorite wish is.
STEP FOUR: Making a Wish Come True
After the child has determined his or her wish, the child's wish granters and Make-A-Wish professionals work to create it. Every effort is made to involve each member of the child's immediate family in the wish experience. Quite often, the impact of a wish experience will touch the lives of dozens, sometimes hundreds, of people who help to fulfill a child's wish.