Make-A-Wish®, Matters On A Human Level

By: Shane Power, President of Watertree Health

Chris

Imagine being a child and being diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Your childhood is disrupted. You are subjected to endless visits to hospitals, a battery of tests, injections, x-rays, and scans – scary treatments such as chemotherapy or even surgery. This is what happens to children who are referred to Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish was started in 1980 when Chris, a 7-year-old leukemia patient wished to be a police officer and to help catch bad guys. Volunteers and a generous, caring community took action to make a very sick little boy’s wish come true. Granting Chris’ wish felt so great in fact, it sparked the start of the now 34-year-old organization, Make-A-Wish.

Since that day, Make-A-Wish has continued to enrich the human experience of kids with life-threatening medical conditions, by granting their one true wish. In addition, a recent study by Make-A-Wish shows that children who are granted a wish “feel stronger, more energetic, more willing and able to battle the fight against their illnesses.”

The organization’s history and its mission to address the health and mental wellbeing of wish children and their families is in line with Watertree Health’s mission, centered on helping people improve their lives by improving their health, through access to affordable prescription medicines.

Today, Watertree Health is responsible for saving those without proper health care, millions of dollars on their prescription medicines. This has been accomplished through distribution of the organization’s free prescription discount card.

With the guidance of our co-founder and CEO, Matt Herfield, the organization found a way to support Make-A-Wish and help make wishes come true for the children it serves.

Watertree Health donates 50 cents to Make-A-Wish on every script discounted using the special program cards. Also, the money raised within a community will help grant wishes locally. To date, our donations have helped grant 19 wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses. 

Matt Herfield speaks for everyone associated with Watertree Health when he says, “There is something fundamentally good about an organization that inspires kids to fight back by giving them hope. I am proud of what we have been able to accomplish in support of Make-A-Wish.”

Make-A-Wish began because of one child’s wish. Now on average they deliver a wish every 38 minutes and with that wish, change a life for the better. According to Make-A-Wish, 27,000 children a year are diagnosed with a medical condition that makes them eligible for a wish experience. Watertree Health hopes to continue to help the organization make more wishes come true.

Due to the success of three pilot chapters—Arizona, Northern & Central Florida and NebraskaWatertree Health and Make-A-Wish formed a national partnership as of November 1, 2014. The program is currently active in almost all 61 chapters across the United States.  To get a free Prescription Discount Card benefitting Make-A-Wish, click here. Or, text WISH to 95577. 

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References: The Make-A-Wish Foundation, ABC-TV News, Newsfeed.times.com

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