The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado

Services: Activities and Recreation
Founded: 1983

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Colorado grants the wishes of Colorado children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Founded in 1983 as one of the nation’s first Make-A-Wish® chapters, Make-A-Wish® Colorado has granted more than 3,700 wishes to eligible children throughout the state, from Fort Collins to Trinidad, and Burlington to Grand Junction. Make-A-Wish Colorado is part of the larges wish granting organization in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories.

Mission: The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Colorado grants the wishes of Colorado children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Every fulfilled wish represents a unique collaboration between wish families, medical professionals, volunteers and donors. Wish granting truly is a magical, yet comprehensive and dynamic process.

The magic of wish granting usually begins with a referral call to the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Colorado by a physician or social worker; however, the family or even the prospective wish child may do the referral. After contact is made with the Make-A-Wish Foundation, a medical authorization form is sent to the child’s primary physician. Upon medical approval, a team of volunteers schedule an initial wish visit to discover the child’s wish. Staff and volunteers then work the magic for the child’s wish to come true. There are four steps to granting a wish (see more information below). Each step builds on the next to help create the amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments and a positive force that helps them overcome their obstacles.

A wish experience is often more than a dream come true: It’s the catalyst that rekindles their belief in themselves and the promise of their future.

Most wish requests fall into four major categories:

I wish to go
Some Make-A-Wish® kids want to travel to their favorite theme park, while others want to visit an exotic beach, go on a cruise, see snow for the first time, or attend a major sporting event or concert.
I wish to be
Children search the depths of their imagination when they wish to be someone for a day - a fireman, a police officer, or a model, for instance.
I wish to meet

Many want to meet their favorite athlete, recording artist, television personality, movie star, politician, or public figure.
I wish to have

Children often wish for a special gift, like a computer, a tree house, a shopping spree, or something that they have coveted for a long time.

Step 1: Referral
 To protect the privacy of potential wish kids, the Make-A-Wish Foundation only accepts referrals from medical professionals, parents and children themselves. Children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under the age of 18 at the time of referral who have not received a wish from another wish-granting organization may be eligible for a wish. For more information about wish referral, please click here.

Step 2: Medical Eligibility

 The Make-A-Wish Foundation determine a child’s medical eligibility with the help of the treating physician. To receive a wish, the child must be diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition – i.e., a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy.

Step 3: Finding the true wish
 One of our enthusiastic wish teams are tasked with the wonderful job of learning the child’s one true wish. These passionate volunteers connect with wish children and help explore their imaginations for the experience that will delight and inspire them.

Step 4: Creating joy 
Wish granters create an unforgettable experience driven by the child’s creativity. It’s an incredible experience that enriches not just the lives of the children and their families, but often entire communities.

Contact Information

Referral Coordinator
Hadley Weiss
Phone: 303-750-9474
Email: hweiss@colorado.wish.org

General Information

Address:
7951 E. Maplewood Ave.
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Phone: 303-750-9474
General Email: hweiss@colorado.wish.org
Website: www.colorado.wish.org

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