Once we receive a signed medical authorization form from the specialist and the family is ready to begin the wish process, a volunteer wish team is assigned. Teams are made up of two or three volunteers who have completed our wish granting training. To learn more about volunteer training, visit our Volunteering section.
The wish team arranges a visit to the family. Make-A-Wish® sends the wish team toys, gifts and T-shirts to give to the wish child and his or her family.
During the visit to the family, the wish team's primary responsibility is to help the child identify his or her most heartfelt wish. The wish team brings markers, crayons and paper so the child can have fun drawing and visualizing his or her wish. When the possibilities are nearly endless, sometimes kids may have a hard time deciding on the perfect wish, and it may take a couple of visits before the child makes up his or her mind.