MAKE-A-WISH OHIO, KENTUCKY & INDIANA
Who We Are: Together, Make-A-Wish ® Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We are on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey. With support from local communities, we can transform the lives of children and families facing critical illnesses.
What We Do: Through the power of a wish, Make-A-Wish gives children renewed energy and strength, brings families closer together and unites communities.
After a child is referred to Make-A-Wish and deemed medically eligible by the treating physician, Wish Granting Volunteers meet with our wish kids and ask, "What is your most heartfelt wish?" From there, staff, donors, in-kind supporters and volunteers work together to bring the wish child’s vision for his/her wish to life.
Why We're Important: Research shows children who have wishes granted build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. This improves their quality of life, gives them a higher chance of survival, and produces better health outcomes. The medical community has noted the power of a wish, and more and more doctors are including a wish as an important part of a child’s treatment protocol. Every child dealing with a critical illness deserves the opportunity to experience a life-changing wish. When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, sadness with joy, and anxiety with hope.
How We Impact the Community: A single granted wish engages entire communities in life-changing moments, touching hearts and inspiring action. Make-A-Wish brings joy and healing to those who receive wishes, and to those who help grant them because a wish transforms the lives of children, their families, volunteers, supporters, medical professionals and entire communities. When a new donor or volunteer joins the Make-A-Wish Family, they’re joining a caring community of people who improve the lives of children with critical illnesses.
How You Can Help: Your gifts of time and money are crucial for kids battling critical illnesses. Right now, due to funding, Make-A-Wish is only able to grant one out of every two eligible wishes. Did you know you can donate to Make-A-Wish on PayPal and Venmo? There are volunteer and funding opportunities for individuals, companies and organizations of all ages and abilities. Some of these opportunities might include corporate wish granting, in-kind donations, individual donations or fundraisers, hosting a fundraiser at school through Kids for Wish Kids® or becoming a wish-granting or event volunteer. Make-A-Wish relies on community support to make every wish come true. We don't have a magic wand, we need you! To join in the journey of making every eligible child’s wish come true, follow along on social media @makeawishohkyin, visit oki.wish.org, or call 877-206-9474.
Connect with Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky & Indiana
President & CEO: Doug Kelly
Vice President of Development: Juli Miller