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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 Alec’s epic train adventure!

Why wishes matter

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

From a cubby house or puppy wish 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.

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Alec's story

Helping kids like Alec

Alec and his twin brother, Troy, were just like any other 8-year-olds...

…but when their dentist told the family to cancel their upcoming family holiday because of the lump they noticed growing between Alec’s jaw and his skull their family’s life was turned on its head.

“Everything changed. We now had a child with cancer,” Alec’s father Peter said.

Alec's story

A tough time

“It was hard on all of us. Obviously for Alec – he was either sleeping or vomiting most of the time. Shirley (Alec's mum) and I rarely saw each other – I would do the day shift with Alec in hospital, then Shirley would come home from work, and do the night shift.”

On the few “good” days Alec had while going through treatment, he and dad Peter would go for long train rides. Alec loved the scenery on the rides and talking about the different types of trains.

Alec's story

Choo-choosing a wish

Peter has long been a train enthusiast, having built a model train set in the family lounge room when Alec and Troy were just babies. The boys weren’t allowed to touch the set, but loved being around it and looking at it. So it was no surprise to Peter that Alec’s wish was to do with trains.

So when he was asked what he'd like his wish to be, he told us it was “to learn more about trains and go on a new type of train.”

But we need your help to make it happen!

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.

Alec is incredibly excited about his wish. When we told him that he might be able to get a wish, he just said ‘oh wow’, but it was the look on his face that showed me just how much it meant to him. We really hope it comes true.

Peter Alec's dad

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