Active in his Arizona community, financial executive Michael Quiel donates to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Donations such as Michael Quiel’s have helped Make-a-Wish Arizona, the organization’s founding chapter, to grant more than 5,000 wishes to local children.
An international organization, Make-a-Wish grants requests from seriously ill children aged 2.5 to 18 years. The child may refer himself or herself to the organization, or a parent or medical professional may make the referral on the child’s behalf. Make-a-Wish then contacts the child’s physician to determine that he or she has received a life-threatening diagnosis.
If the child in question meets medical criteria and has not yet had a wish granted from a similar organization, that child may then make a request to Make-a-Wish. A dedicated wish team helps the child to think of the one wish that he or she most would like to see come true. The wish team uses this conversation to design a customized experience for the child. The process aims to make each wish experience as memorable, enjoyable, and life-changing as possible.