Every wish is a memorable experience for the wish child, the family and those who participate in the wish. The Foundation follows a process to create memorable wish experiences for each wish child:
Out of respect for the privacy of the children and families Make-A-Wish® Japan serves, only these sources may refer a child, the child's parents or legal guardians.
Children who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening illness and are at least 3 years of age but have not yet reached their 18th birthday may be eligible for a wish. The treating physician determines whether a child is medically eligible to receive a wish.
Once the child is deemed medically eligible, we send one of our enthusiastic wish teams to learn the child's one true wish. These passionate individuals help children explore their imaginations for the experience that will thrill and inspire them.
Wishes generally fall into one of these categories: I wish to have … I wish to be … I wish to go … I wish to meet …
Finally, our wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the wish child's creativity. The experience enriches the lives of the children, their families and sometimes their entire community. All members of the wish child's immediate family take part in the wish whenever possible, and all wish expenses are fully covered by the Foundation.
In many cases, a wish experience is a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles.
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