Make-A-Wish of Japan

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Frequently Asked Questions

Who can receive a wish?
Children who are at least 3 years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday, may be referred to Make-A-Wish Japan. A child's treating physician will determine if the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by Make-A-Wish.
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Do you grant wishes to adults?
No, Make-A-Wish only grants wishes to children who are at least 3 years of age, but have not yet reached their 18th birthday at the time of referral.
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Does a child's illness have to be terminal in order to qualify for a wish?
No, a child does not have to be terminally ill. In fact, many of our wish children grow into adulthood and lead healthy, happy lives.
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Can a child receive more than one wish?
No, Make-A-Wish grants one wish to each eligible child.
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Are there any restrictions to a wish?
Each Make-A-Wish affiliate follows specific policies and guidelines for granting a child's wish. Some wishes have restrictions based on various factors, including the child's medical condition in relation to the wish request. Make-A-Wish takes into consideration all factors as they relate to the wish and the wish child, and then plans the wish accordingly.
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Does the family have to pay for the wish?
No, all wish expenses are fully covered by Make-A-Wish. Wishes are arranged and paid for by Make-A-Wish with no out-of-pocket expenses for the wish family.
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Does the family have to meet financial criteria in order to be eligible for their child to receive a wish?
No, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children who qualify for our services without regard to race, creed, religion, sex, economic status, or national origin.
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Is there a waiting list to receive a wish?
No, however, in some situations a wish child may have to wait for their wish due to external circumstances such as the child's treatment schedule or the availability of a popular celebrity. If the fulfillment of a wish must be delayed for any reason, the wish child and family are fully informed, and the wish child is given the option to either make another wish request or wait.
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How long does it take to grant a wish from referral to fulfillment?
In most cases wishes are fulfilled within a few months. However, it is not easy to specify how long it takes from wish referral to wish fulfillment as it often depends upon the wish requested. In some circumstances, wishes can be fulfilled in a matter of days or weeks, while in other cases, it can take months.
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What are the most requested wishes?
Typically, wishes fall into one of four general categories.

I wish to go …
Some Make-A-Wish kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise, see snow for the first time or attend a major sporting event or concert.

I wish to be …
Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day – a fireman, a police officer, a model or a superhero.

I wish to meet …
Many wish kids choose to meet their favorite athlete, recording artist, television personality, movie star, politician or other public figure.

I wish to have …
Children sometimes wish for a special gift, such as a computer, a tree house, a shopping spree or something they have wanted for a long time.
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What are your sources of funding?
Make-A-Wish receive financial support from a number of sources. Contributions come from individuals, corporations, and private and foundation grants. Make-A-Wish relies on in-kind contributions as well which help to lessen the cost of goods and services.
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qqHow do you decide which children receive wishes?qq
Make-A-Wish does not decide which children receive wishes. Every child referred to Make-A-Wish who is deemed eligible for a wish receives their wish.
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What can I do to help Make-A-Wish?
There are many way to help Make-A-Wish.
-Serve as a volunteer in granting wishes
-Offer your special knowledge and skills
-Refer people who can help in granting wishes
-Plan, Prepare and run fund-raising events
-Make donation or became a supporting member
-Purchase Make-A-Wish original merchandise
-Spread word about Make-A-Wish at various gatherings at schools, companies, hospitals and clubs.
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What kind of contributions can medical institutions make to Make-A-Wish?
We would like medical service workers such as doctors, nurses, caseworkers and patients’ family to know about the purpose and activities of Make-A-Wish. So, please help us in our PR activities by putting up Make-A-Wish posters in your hospital, holding a lecture about Make-A-Wish at your hospital etc.
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