One child every 20 minutes is diagnosed with a critical illness. Local calculations made by Make-A-Wish America using The Centers for Disease Control statistics, state as many as 350 children in Oregon and Clark County, Washington could be diagnosed with a critical illness this year. For a child with a critical illness, the wish experience can be a game-changer. Their wish becomes an empowering, life-affirming, experience that helps them replace fear with confidence, anxiety with joy, and sadness with hope. The experience can provide children strength when they need it the most, and many of our wish kids go on to learn to cope with-or even beat-their illnesses.
Make-A-Wish Oregon’s objective is to create life-changing wishes for children living with critical illnesses ages 2 ½ to 18. We are supported entirely by private monetary and in-kind donations from individuals, civic clubs, schools, companies and foundations. Additionally, thousands of hours are given annually through volunteer support.
Since Make-A-Wish Oregon's inception in 1983, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 4,200 life-changing wishes. In the 2018-2019 wish program year, Make-A-Wish Oregon granted 269 wishes, thus contributing to improved quality of life for these children, their families and the community. Despite these challenging times, our staff and volunteers are committed to granting every possible wish that is safe to complete. Recently we granted a wish for a puppy, a backyard makeover, a trailer, a backyard fort, musical instruments, photography equipment and a wish to tour the Oregon Coast. We continue to find creative ways to deliver ongoing hope and encouragement to wish kids and their families at this time.
With YOUR help, our dedicated staff, and a robust group of volunteers, we will grant the wish of every eligible child. Thank you for your donation to Make-A-Wish Oregon.