Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Who can receive a wish? 

A. The mission of A Special Wish Foundation is to grant the Special Wish of a child/adolescent. We can grant a wish for a child from birth through 20 years of age, who has been diagnosed by a physician, as having a life-altering disorder. The child must be referred to A Special Wish by a parent or legal guardian, treating physician, or healthcare professional.


Q. Does the child’s condition need to be considered terminally ill to receive a wish? 

A. A Special Wish Foundation is an organization focusing on hope for a full recovery. A physician only needs to sign a form indicating that the child is diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition to receive a wish.


Q. Will the wish be granted to a child who cannot communicate? 

A. Yes. If a child is unable to communicate, due to their condition, we focus on the family, relatives, and non-family members (social workers, teachers, etc.) who work with the family to verify the true wish of the child.


Q. What are the most requested wishes? 

A. Special wishes are only limited by the imagination of the wishing child. Most special wishes are included in the following categories: 

Receiving A Special Gift: 
Some gifts children have wished for include laptops, shopping sprees, bedroom makeovers, playground sets, televisions, and a puppy.

Visiting A Special Place: 
Some of the destinations children have visited for their wish include Walt Disney World, locations all over the continental U.S., a Super Bowl game, a Final Four game, and an All Star game. 

Meeting A Special Hero: 
Some of the people who have spent time with a Special Wish children include sports figures, celebrities, movie stars, chefs, action heroes and political figures.


Q. When should I apply for a wish? 

A. We strongly encourage a child to be referred to A Special Wish soon after their diagnosis. We do not have restrictions as to the state of the child’s condition to be scheduled for a wish, only that the child is diagnosed with having a life-altering condition.


Q. How much does granting a wish cost? 

A. The average cost to grant a wish is $5,000 - $10,000. The cost of a wish varies depending on the type of wish.


Q. Are there any restrictions on a wish? 

A. Due to liability, we are unable to grant wishes such as motorized vehicles, in-ground pools or hot tubs, or international travel. We also do not grant wishes such as medical equipment, home improvements or cash.


Q. Who is permitted to participate in the Special Wish? 

A. Every attempt is made to include the child’s immediate family living in the household. If the wish child is an only child, they are permitted to have a companion participate in the wish. We also permit a caregiver to attend if the child is in need of professional medical assistance.


Q. With a travel Special Wish, are there specific dates that the child must travel?

A. It is the wish child and family’s choice as to the dates of travel. Every attempt is made to work with the child’s desired schedule.


Q. Does the family have to pay for any part of the wish? 

A. No. All expenses including travel, accommodations, food and spending money are paid by the foundation through donations, fundraising efforts, and in-kind contributions.


Q. Is the family’s economic status a factor for their child to be eligible for a special wish? 

A. No. There is absolutely no income qualification requirements that a wish family must meet for a child to be eligible for A Special Wish.


Q. What are A Special Wish Foundation’s sources of funding? 

A. A Special Wish Foundation is strictly funded through donations. All of our wishes are granted through the generous support of corporations and individuals.


Q. Can my company or family contribute? 

A. Corporations often donate through corporate giving or company foundations. Individuals also give annually or chose to donate to honor a birthday, wedding, anniversary or in memory of a loved one who has passed away. Corporations, organizations or individuals choose to give through sponsoring special fundraising event.


Q. Are contributions tax deductible? 

A. Yes. A Special Wish Foundation, Inc. is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and all gifts, including monetary and in-kind, are fully tax-deductible as allowed by law. Tax receipts, in the form of thank you’s, are provided by the foundation for all donations.