For the parents, the wish experience generates a sense of hope, an improved outlook and positive forward thinking and generally enhances mental and emotional health. Ultimately, the wish experienced enriches their lives and increases their desire to give back by helping others.
• According to a national study, a wish helps children feel stronger, more energetic and more willing and able to battle their life-threatening medical conditions. For many, it marks a turning point in the fight against their illnesses.
• A wish improves children’s state of mind, replacing fear with happiness and helping them feel like normal kids again. Parents report that the wish experience helps repair and strengthen the family through a return to normalcy, and that feelings of hope and optimism replace fear and stress.
• The act of wish granting also serves to strengthen communities. Volunteers who help grant wishes become more trusting in others and more optimistic in the future, creating a ripple effect of social value.