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Who is Eligible?

Who Is Eligible?

Who Is Eligible?

A child with a life-threatening medical condition who has reached the age of 2½ and is under the age of 18 at the time of referral, is potentially eligible for a wish.

After a child is referred to the Make-A-Wish Foundation®, the Foundation will contact the child’s treating physician to determine whether the child is medically eligible for a wish, based on the medical criteria established by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America. In addition, a child cannot have received a wish from another Make-A-Wish® chapter or another wish-granting organization.

Who Can Refer a Child?

  • Medical professionals
  • Parents/legal guardians
  • Potential wish kids

*Please keep in mind that Make-A-Wish Foundation® will not cold-call a potential Wish Kid. We ask that you please exercise compassion, and suggest to the family that they contact us themselves. Having a second-party introduction can often times make the child or their family feel uncomfortable, and we would prefer that the process be comforting, enjoyable and as private as possible. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

How Can I Refer a Child?

To refer a child in the state of Arizona, please contact Jennifer Fleming at 602.343.9446 or by email at  To learn more about referring a child who lives outside of Arizona in the United States or one of its territories, you may use our online inquiry form. The inquiry form is not an official application, but a request for more information.

If you would like to learn more about referring a child residing outside the United States, please contact Make-A-Wish Foundation International. If you are not eligible to refer a child, please ask the child’s family to visit our website or contact their local chapter or international affiliate.

For all general questions about our referral process, please contact us:

Phone: 602.395.9474   Email:


A child with a critical illness who has reached the age of 2½ and is younger than 18 at the time of referral is potentially eligible for a wish.

After a child is referred, Make-A-Wish® will work with the treating physician to determine the child's eligibility for a wish, i.e. suffering from a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition currently placing the child's life in jeopardy. 

Our vision is to grant one wish to every eligible child. While more than 15,300 wishes were granted across the United States last year alone, this reached only half of the potentially eligible children diagnosed with a critical illness.

Make-A-Wish® Arizona
2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251
(602) 395-9474
Toll Free (800) 324-9474