Wish organizations

What this article is about: This article provides a brief overview of wish granting organizations and links to resources where you can find more information and support.

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There are a variety of organizations that grant wishes to children with life threatening conditions.

Tips on applying for a wish:

  1. Sometimes your child’s specialist or pediatrician is not the ideal person to write the letter justifying the wish.  If your child has a social worker at the hospital, he or she might be a better choice as social workers are great at describing the “big picture” impact of your child’s illness.
  2. List any and all special requests such as dietary needs, medical equipment, and other accommodations at the time you are making the wish arrangements.
  3. Be as flexible as possible with dates and locations.  Some organizations have special arrangements with certain resorts, hotels, theme parks, and other travel businesses which make granting wishes more affordable.
  4. Connect with other families who have worked with the organization for tips!

3 Little Birds 4 Life (young adults with cancer)

A Special Wish


Casey Cares (patients in DC, DE, MD, NJ, VA, or WV)

Cherished Creations

Clayton Dabney for kids with cancer (cancer)

Do It For The Love (musical wishes)

Dream Factory

Dream Foundation (adults)

Gifts From the Heart For Downs (Down syndrome)

Hope Kids

Jason’s Dream for Kids

Jessie Rees Foundation (cancer)

Kids Wish Network


Project Angel Fares  (Morgan’s Wonderland)

Special Spectators (VIP sports experiences)

Sunshine Foundation

Take a Breather Foundation (cystic fibrosis)

The Marty Lyons Foundation