Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island Mission:
Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.
We are dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true.
About Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island
Make-A-Wish® Massachusetts and Rhode Island creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses between the ages of 2½ and 18. A wish fulfilled is an integral part of a child’s treatment journey, uniting their family and providing renewed strength to keep fighting and dreaming for the future. Together, with our generous donors, supporters, staff, and 600+ volunteers, the organization has granted more than 8,000 wishes for children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island in its 30-year history.
Visit Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island at massri.wish.org for more information and to volunteer or make a donation, or follow us on Facebook at Facebook.com/MassRIWish, on Twitter at Twitter.com/MakeAWishMassRI, and on Instagram at Instagram.com/MakeAWishMARI.
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The joy began in 1987, when our organization fulfilled its first wish: a family trip to York Beach for a girl with Niemann-Pick disease. Since that first inspired wish, we have served over 7,000 children in Massachusetts and over 1,000 children in Rhode Island.
The Need for Wishes
Approximately 500 children in Massachusetts and Rhode Island are diagnosed with life- threatening medical conditions every year, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our vision is to grant the wish of every medically eligible child.
By the Numbers
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- In Fiscal Year 2018, our organization fulfilled wishes for 408 children across Massachusetts and Rhode Island.
- The average cost of a wish is $10,000.
- 600+ volunteers help keep administrative costs low.
- 80 cents of every dollar donated is directed to children’s wishes, according to our most recent audit.
- In Fiscal Year 2019, we are striving to grant the wishes of over 430 children.