We grant wishes to children with life-threating medical conditions to enrich the human spirit with hope, strength and joy. Since our chapter's inception in 1984, we have granted over 7,800 wishes and last year alone we granted 488. The fiscal 2015 audit confirmed that 91 cents of every dollar donated was used or set aside for the granting of wishes - the Foundation's main purpose. Our chapter's average cost to grant a wish is $8,900, and the goal with this campaign is to fund as many wishes as possible so that more children can receive their one true wish that changes their lives.
Imagine a small boy who has a condition that puts his life at risk. He has a dream of growing up to become a firefighter, but because of his condition he may never have that opportunity. A local firefighter, Bob, hears his story and decides to give him a day where the little boy can forget that he is sick. This boy was given his own badge and jacket, and the experience to become a hero despite his condition. A few weeks later, the little boy becomes much more ill. He gets a visit in the hospital from Firefighter Bob, and the little boy asks if he is a real firefighter. Firefighter Bob says “Of course you are”. The next morning, this little boy passes away. This is the story of our founding wish kid, Bopsy, who was from Phoenix, Arizona in 1981. It is our job to provide those unforgettable days to these children who may be in similar situations as Bopsy, providing them with hope that they will overcome their condition, strength to keep fighting and joy that makes them forget even for a day, that they are sick.
In 2011, after Hurricane Rita, Kory’s backyard was destroyed. Because of his medications, he was unable to spend a lot of time outside. His wish was to spend a lot of time with his family outdoors and he didn’t want to hide from the sun anymore. Our chapter granted him a backyard makeover so that he could be in the shade under the trees which were completely ruined by the hurricane. The makeover that Kory had has changed his life and he now has a safe place that gives him joy. It is a place where he could make memories again and again. Changing this young boy’s whole world would not have been possible without our volunteers and donors.
It takes a kind heart to make these wishes come true. In the Texas Gulf Coast and Louisiana area, the average cost of a singular wish is $8,900. We are asking for any donation to help the hundreds of children that get referred to our office to give them their wish, and to improve quality of life as much as possible.