As a New Year brings a joyful new outlook, we at Make-A-Wish® believe wishes do the same for children living with life-threatening medical conditions. For nearly 30 years, we’ve had countless children and parents tell us about the positive impact of their wishes.

More than just a nice experience, a wish allows our kids to take control, to feel normal and to live in a joyful moment that’s all about them – instead of doctor visits, treatments and medicine.

The most common misconception about Make-A-Wish is that we only provide wishes for dying children. On the contrary, Make-A-Wish grants wishes to children living with life-threatening medical conditions. We believe that a wish is an experience that fills children and their families with a feeling of hope and invigorates them with a joy for living.

Anyone can contact us to learn about how to refer a child. Eligibility is determined by the child’s doctor.

If you know of a child, age 2 ½ to under 18, who may qualify, please contact us at 800.676.9474.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Pennsylvania and Southern West Virginia is a non-profit organization that grants wishes to children, aged 2 ½ to 18, with life-threatening medical conditions. Currently, the local chapter is one of the most active in the country, having fulfilled more than 13,500 wishes. For more information, please call Make-A-Wish at (800) 676-9474 or visit its Web site at