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With more than 6,500 kids diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses each year, and 705 families already on a Wish Journey, we urgently need your help to keep wishes coming true.

Wishes just like Grace's wish for a best friend.

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Helping kids like Grace

Grace has had a tough start to life. Born three months premature, she’s had to be a fighter from day one.

When she was diagnosed with cerebral palsy diplegia just before her first birthday, the fight stepped up a level.

“When she was diagnosed, I cried for two days. I lost hope.” Grace’s mum, Tanya said.

“Every day is a challenge. Grace has to have daily physiotherapy and osteopathy. We need to wake her up in the middle of the night to put her in the right positions.

“We just have to take it day by day, we’ve been doing that for eight years now, but I wouldn’t change anything.”

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Grace's story

A new best friend

Grace's wish is for a best friend.

She is a funny, adventurous 8 year old. The kind of 8 year old who you would expect to have lots of friends, but sadly she doesn’t.

Grace doesn’t yet realise that her uniqueness and individuality is what makes her so special. Right now, the fact that there’s no one else like her is something that she really struggles to come to grips with. That's what makes her wish for a best friend so special.

A best friend would mean the world to Grace and after lots of discussion she decided that a puppy would be the perfect best friend. Grace will love the puppy and it will go everywhere with her.

“The wish is about independence,” said Tanya, “learning to care for something, rather than someone care for you. It’s going to be a new lease of life for Grace. I think it’s going to be a real positive change.”

Grace was just so grateful. It’s a good lesson in life, to learn there are nice people out there still willing to help. As soon as I asked her what her wish would be, all she wanted was a best friend.

Tanya Grace's mum

Grace's story

A special wish

As Christmas approaches, sharing special moments with a best friend is even more important – to play in the back garden or go to the beach during summer holidays together. Things every Australian child holds so dear.

We want Grace to be able to share these moments with a best friend more than anything, but we need your support to make it happen!

Grace's wish will have such a positive impact on her quality of life. A best friend is not just for Christmas, or for the school holidays. A best friend, and Grace’s puppy, is for Grace to love and care for into the future.

Why wishes matter

Wishes create moments of pure joy for families when they need it most.

From a cubby house or a visit to the snow to becoming a train driver, seeing a unicorn fly or even captaining the Australian cricket team!

Every dollar helps grant more wishes, which is why your support is so important.

Your support goes so much further than a wish... it creates possibility

Five ways wishes make a lasting impact

Wishes lead to increased joy and happiness for wish children, their parents and siblings - achieved through excitement and anticipation prior to the wish, by wishes exceeding expectations, and by creating an environment where children feel special.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wish families describe increased resilience and coping - demonstrated through post-wish reports of greater confidence in children and parents, who felt better equipped to overcome adverse events in the future.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes open up horizons for young people and their families – whose beliefs about what they could achieve in life broadened post-wish, enabling them to aspire to more, engage in activities they previously considered not possible, and generally live fuller lives.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes provide a welcome distraction from a child’s illness and treatment - and motivate young people to engage with their treatment. For parents, wishes provide respite from worry about their child’s condition.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

Wishes facilitate a sense of family togetherness and normalcy

Some parents describe reassessing their own priorities and making lifestyle changes following a wish.

2019 Study: ‘Understanding the Impact of Make-A-Wish UK Wishes on Children with Life-Threatening Conditions and their Families’, by Dr Gemma Heath, Cassandra Screti, Dr Rebecca Knibb and Professor Helen Pattison – January 2019.

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