In such an unprecedented time, like many of you, we have been closely following the escalation of COVID-19. Make-A-Wish remains focused on keeping our wish kids and families, community supporters, volunteers, and employees safe. Due to current medical and public concerns, Make-A-Wish has made a few difficult decisions that we wanted to make you aware of:
- All wish travel has been postponed until further notice, as well as wish child participation in all activities and events related to Make-A-Wish that involve large gatherings. We have been in contact with each of the impacted families and we will grant each postponed wish as soon as we can safely proceed. We will continue to monitor guidance from national and international public health and government organizations, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization (WHO) and U.S. State Department, and are working closely with the National Make-A-Wish Medical Advisory Council, keeping the best interest of the children and families we serve at the center of all policy decisions we make. The health and safety of our wish families is our priority – and, as always, we remain committed to our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child fighting a critical illness. If you are a wish family and have concerns about your upcoming wish, please contact your Wish Coordinator, or call (310) 788-9474.
- We have postponed our May 9th Trailblaze Challenge to comply with public health guidelines. We are working with our partners at Big Bear Mountain to confirm new dates for the event later in the year. For more information, please refer to our FAQs.
- We have cancelled our April 4th Walk for Wishes to comply with guidelines on large gatherings. As we are only halfway to our fundraising goal, we are encouraging supporters to continue fundraising online to ensure we can reach wish kids as soon as possible.
- We have requested volunteers forego meeting with wish families directly and to utilize virtual Wish Discovery meetings whenever possible. We have also advised any volunteers over the age of 65 to forego any wish activity to ensure their health and safety at this time.
- Our staff is working remotely to ensure the health and safety of our team. This decision does not come lightly but is of the utmost importance as we work to responsibly support our community. We are working to ensure you can expect typical response times from us.
We are so grateful for the support and resilience of our community in Los Angeles. Please stay safe!
On average, Make-A-Wish America grants more than 15,800 wishes per year, and 77 percent of these wishes involve air travel. We estimate more than 30 wishes per day could be delayed by COVID-19 related postponements. If you have a question or would like to help during this difficult time, please call us at (310) 788-9474.