Granting Life-Changing Wishes to Sick Children in Israel
Make-A-Wish® Israel is the Israeli affiliate of Make-A-Wish® International, whose sole mission is to create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. The Foundation is on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life, because a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey.
JNF has partnered with Make-A-Wish® Israel, raising funds for the building of a green therapeutic garden and playground at a major Israeli hospital. Having access to a purpose built, green recreational area will help relieve the stress of hospital visits and provide a wonderful distraction from medical treatment and trauma. It will become a place for children to escape, heal and play.
Funds will also be dedicated to granting wishes for critically ill children living in challenging environments in the South of Israel.
A Scientific Research Study “The Make-A-Wish Impact Study”, conducted by Prof. Anat Shoshani at the Interdisciplinary Center (IDC) Herzliya Israel, showed that the sense of actualising a wish created a sense of hope for these children, which is extremely important for the recovery and healing process during a life-threatening condition. As opposed to a goal, which is often obtainable, a wish is something out of reach for a child and feels impossible. By achieving the impossible and having their wishes granted, these children then come away from the wish feeling that anything is possible, including beating their disease.
The children Make-A-Wish® Israel serve wish to be – a CEO, a zookeeper, a firefighter, a king or a princess for a day; To have – a bedroom makeover, an iPad, a puppy or a tree house; To meet – a famous artists, a soccer player or a politician; or To go – to Disneyland Paris, to London to watch a musical, to a soccer game in Barcelona or to New York for a shopping spree.
The wishes that Make-A-Wish Israel grants are truly incredible, like Ela’s wish that was granted in 2015 – to fly to London with her family to see the musical “Les Miserable” and meet the cast.
We invite you to be part of the world of granting wishes and help us change the lives of these children, one wish at a time.
Tamar’s Wish – to be a princess for a day!