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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 Savannah's wish to be a princess and attend a fairy-tale ball.

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Savannah's story

Helping kids like Savannah

When Melissah took her 17 month old daughter Savannah to the doctor, the last words she was expecting to hear were "It's cancer".

Savannah hadn't been feeling well and Melissah was constantly at the doctors with her, trying to figure out what was wrong.

Eventually, they sent Savannah for an ultrasound and that's when they found out the devastating news that Savannah had been diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma.

Savannah's story

Missing out

Savannah spent the next 12 months in and out of hospital undertaking chemotherapy and surgery to remove a tumor. She had to spend about six months in isolation after she caught a bug. She wasn't allowed to be in the shared rooms or play with the other kids.

“It’s such a scary time. You just don’t know what’s going to happen really. Her system was so depleted that even a simple cold could be deadly.” said Melissah.

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Savannah's story

Dreaming of a fairy tale

During her time in hospital, Savannah would often day dream to pass the time spent in isolation.

Her favourite thing to do was dream of being a princess.

Despite everything that Savannah has been through, she still is just a little girl. Her favourite things are princesses, fairies, pink and purple.

So when she was asked what her wish would be, she had no hesitation in saying "To be a princess and go to a fairy-tale ball."

Savannah can’t wait to dress up in a beautiful dress, ride in a carriage, see a magical unicorn and play lots of fun party games with her friends and family.

We wanted the wish to be something that we can’t give her. I think it will just make her feel very, very special. It will be something that she will never forget.

Melissah Savannah's mum

Savannah's story

A powerful wish

Melissah describes Savannah as a "very strong and resilient girl." After everything she’s been through in her short life already, she really couldn’t be any other way.

When a child as young as Savannah has gone through so much, they really do need something positive in their life. A wish can be so powerful to a young child.

We want Savannah to be able to become Princess Savannah and attend her very own Fairy-tale ball more than anything, but we need your support to make it happen!

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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.

Help wishes come true for kids like Savannah

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