Terminal means incurable, inoperable, untreatable, mortal, deadly, lethal, fatal. Many of us have felt the pain and shock of finding out that a family member or close friend has a terminal illness. But can you imagine getting this news about your young son or daughter? Your niece or nephew? For too many families, this news is a reality.
In the moments of darkness, anxiety and sadness surrounding these diagnoses, there is a ray of hope. Since launching in Thailand in 2012, the Make-a-Wish Foundation has been putting smiles back on the faces of many of these critically ill children.
For those unfamiliar with the Make-A-Wish Foun
For children to be eligible to apply for the programme, they must be critically ill and between the ages of 3 -18 at the time of referral. They need to be referred to the programme by either a parent or legal guardian, by the medical professionals treating the child or by the child themselves. The applications are reviewed by the foundation who then grants as many wishes to deserving children as they are able to. Not all children’s wishes are granted but there is something we can do
Lots of wishes have been granted but more can be done to help these kids. It’s well documented that Make-A-Wish is totally committed to using donor funds for the benefit of the children, not to carry inflated administration costs. The global reputation of Make-A-Wish as a financially responsible non-profit means that donors can be confident that their contributions are going
Make-A-Wish takes their transparency a step further and shares photographs and documentation of the wishes with donors. Thailand is a hotbed for non-profits but Make-A-Wish has proven its value, stability and impact around the world making it one of the worthiest causes to support.
Besides financial support,
Supporting volunteers give venues or food to support the wishes. Cooperation volunteers work with the foundation to plan and prepare activities. Collaboration volunteers do activities along with the kids. Volunteers are critical to the foundation and you can apply to be a volunteer by writing to [email protected].
Granting these wishes does more than
This, in turn, brings a sense or normalcy and stability back to the struggling family. Lastly, forty years of research shows that wishes can improve the children’s quality of life and produce better health outcomes. Physicians agree, which is why so many medical practitioners support this foundation. The ripple effect of just one small wish being granted has positive effects on all parties involved. Children accepted into the Make-A-Wish programme would not be able to have these experiences without the hard work, donations and kind hearts of everyone who supports this organisation. If you feel compelled to help out in any way, contact Make-A-Wish Thailand and see how you can get involved with this worthy organisation. Grant them some hope and a little happiness, they deserve it.