What's the most unusual wish you've ever done?
There have been several - we've sent a child to visit "where eagles live," had a child experience a landing and take-off from the deck of an aircraft carrier, granted a request for a dinosaur statue, made it possible for a child to be a football player for a day and finally, made a little boy into a superhero.
Doesn't Make-A-Wish just send kids to Walt Disney World®?
No, Disney wishes are just 56% of all the wishes we do. Other popular requests include computers, shopping sprees, trips to Hawaii, celebrity meetings and swimming pools.
What if the child becomes sick again? Can they have another wish?
No, every eligible child may have one wish from Make-A-Wish. In addition, if a child has received a wish from another wish granting organization, they are ineligible to receive a wish from Make-A-Wish.
Does “life-threatening” mean “terminal?”
No. A life-threatening illness is not necessarily a terminal illness. Many of our wish children go on to lead healthy lives, remembering fondly the wish that in many cases was an integral part of their healing process.
How much does it cost a family to have a wish granted?
Nothing. There is no cost to the family, we take care of everything.
What can a child wish for?
We like to say that a wish is only limited by a child’s imagination; however, some restrictions do apply to protect the safety of the child.
How old does a child have to be to have a wish granted?
The child must be older than 2½ and younger than 18 at the time they are referred to Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee to have a wish granted.
Can the child’s family participate in the wish?
Yes, the wish experience extends to the entire, immediate family living in the home, knowing that parents and siblings want to share in the magic too.
What are the medical criteria for having a wish granted?
To qualify for a wish, the child must have a diagnosed illness that is considered to be life-threatening by their physician. We do consider wishes on a case-by-case basis, so it is always best to contact us if there is a question as to whether a child qualifies.
Can a child qualify for a wish if they have received one from another wish-granting organization?
No, a child that has received a wish from another wish granting organization is not eligible for a wish from Make-A-Wish.