Recently, Make-A-Wish was informed the organization was missing close to 40% of eligible kids due to misconceptions about eligibility for a wish. In an effort to reach these potential children, Make-A-Wish started outreach efforts to assure that all medical professionals are educated on the correct eligibility requirements: Make-A-Wish grants wishes for children who are 2.5 to 17 years old with life-threatening medical conditions.
This past year, Mission Children’s Hospital created a Make-A-Wish Ambassador Team and has seen a 46% increase in qualifying referrals from the hospital. The Ambassador Team was implemented through the efforts of Dr. Scothorn, a Pediatric Oncologist at the hospital and a Make-A-Wish Central and Western North Carolina medical advisor. The team consists of close to 15 medical professionals who are dedicated to introducing Make-A-Wish to different specialty areas in the hospitals.
When asked about his involvement with Make-A-Wish, Scothorn responded, “I take care of children with life-threatening illnesses every day, and see the struggles that they and their families face on a daily basis. Make-A-Wish allows these kids to ‘be kids’ again, and get excited about something joyful and happy in their life. One of the most fulfilling parts of my job is getting to hear about the child’s wish and seeing all the pictures.”
All those interested in learning more about Make-A-Wish are invited to visit Mission Children’s Hospital Reuter Outpatient clinic on Thursday, July 28 and meet with the Make-A-Wish representatives.
For more information, please contact Michelle Place at (704) 339-0334, x230, or firstname.lastname@example.org.