Adult & Children's "Special Wish" Programs

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MICHIGAN ORGANIZATIONS

Suite Dreams Project
400 Water   Suite  #250
Rochester, MI  48307
Phone: 248-601-0799
Website: https://www.suitedreamsproject.org
The Suite Dreams Project is a unique and innovative program of the General Sports 
Foundation, a Michigan non-profit organization. Our focus is to serve children and 
families in low and moderate income, urban areas by transforming their bedrooms 
into beautiful healing spaces where they can rest and recover. The Suite Dreams 
Project utilizes the assistance of designers and volunteers to create these unique environments complete with healing elements specific to the needs of each sick 
child. We assist in obtaining any furniture, materials and equipment necessary to 
create the “suite”of each child’s dream.

Make-A-Wish America
National Address:
1702 E. Highland Ave.  Suite 400 
Phoenix, AZ  85016
Phone: 602-279-9474     800-722-9474  Toll-free
Email: mawfa@wish.org
Website: https://wish.org
&
Michigan Chapter:
7600 Grand River Ave.  Suite 175
Brighton, MI 48114
Phone: 734-994-8620    800-622-9474 
Website: https://wish.org/michigan
Who is eligible?
Children must meet these criteria at the time of referral:
1.  Diagnosed with a critical illness, i.e., a progressive, degenerative 
     or malignant condition that is placing the child's life in jeopardy
2.  Older than 2½ years and younger than 18
3.  Has not received a wish from another wish-granting organization
Make-A-Wish accepts referrals from:
1.  Children being treated for a critical illness
2.  Medical professionals (typically a doctor, nurse, social worker or 
     child-life specialist)
3.  Parents or legal guardians
4.  Family members with detailed knowledge of the child's current 
     medical condition

The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan 
Main Office:
1765 3 Mile Road NE
PO Box 150061
Grand Rapids, MI  49515
Phone: 616-885-1830
Local Office: 
27240 Haggerty   Suite E-15
Farmington Hills, MI  48331
Phone: 248-530-3000
Website: https://bloodcancerfoundationmi.org
patient-services/see-us-in-action
Social Support Program
When you’re facing the stresses of a serious illness, there are times that you just 
need to escape, even if only for a few hours. Unfortunately, when medical issues 
take up your time and finances, recreation and entertainment are usually the first 
things to get cut.
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The Blood Cancer Foundation of Michigan gives patients and families a chance to 
relax by hosting a variety of fun-filled, free events. 

Kids Kicking Cancer
27600 Northwestern Hwy.   Suite 220
Southfield, MI  48034
Phone: 248-864-8238
Email: info@kidskickingcancer.org
Website: https://kidskickingcancer.org
**Kids Kicking Cancer now offers help and services to not only cancer 
patients, but any child in pain from a serious illness. Using martial arts 
therapy, Kids Kicking Cancer staff teaches ill children and their siblings
to:
1.  Regain a sense of control over the chaos of their lives.
2.  Become empowered partners in their own healing.
3.  Push away the messages of pain, fear, and anger.
4.  Provide inspiration and light to others facing life-challenges.
5.  Teach other children, and even adults, how to take control.
6.  See themselves as victors, not victims.
Martial arts techniques unlock the student’s Power, and the focused breathing and 
relaxation work brings them Peace. While teaching Kids Kicking Cancer’s Breath 
Brake to others, they find great Purpose in their young lives.

Rainbow Connection
621 W. University
Rochester, MI   48307
Phone: 248-601-9474    877-649-4743
Email:  info@rainbowwishconnection.org
Website:  www.rainbowwishconnection.org
A Michigan-based nonprofit that grants wishes for children who are suffering from 
life-threatening or terminal illnesses.

Camp Casey   
25882 Orchard Lake  Suite 207
Farmington Hills, MI   48336
Phone: 877-388-8315  #1
Website: https://camp-casey.org 
A nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer and their families. 
Counties Served: All of Michigan & ages served is 0-17 and their families.


NATIONAL: 

SPECIAL SPACES
National Office:
9028 Middlebrook Pike
Knoxville, TN  37923
Phone:  865-249-6079
Email: ChrisSwain@specialspaces.org
Website: https://specialspaces.org
Special Spaces creates dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical illnesses. 
Our focus is on those children suffering from cancer, organ transplants, brain tumors, and 
life threatening heart conditions who are within one year of treatment. We maintain a high 
touch, high impact organization that measures success by the quantity and the quality of the
experience. We transform the child’s existing bedroom into a place that only he/she can dream 
or imagine. We hope to create a very special space where the child can recover and feel better.
We provide:
If you have a child who qualifies in an area we serve, please email us. Dream bedrooms provided 
by Special Spaces are created with no cost to family. All requests are reviewed by the Child Sour-
cing Committee. The applications are subject to a family interview, a medical verification. This 
program serves children with life-threatening medical illnesses. Our focus is on those children 
suffering from cancer, organ transplants, brain tumors, and life threatening heart conditions who 
are within one year of treatment. 

AngelWish
601 Franklin Ct.
Edgewater, NJ  07020
Email: info@angelwish.org 
Website: https://angelwish.org
Our Mission
Angelwish is an organization that seeks to help you support the most vulnerable of 
children living with chronic illnesses such as asthma, diabetes, and HIV/AIDS, among 
many others in an impactful way.

WISH OF A LIFETIME from AARP
Phone: 303-954-9144
Email: info@wishofalifetime.org
Website: https://wishofalifetime.org/?intcmp=FTR-LINKS-ACT-WISHLIFETIME-EWHERE
Helping an older adult achieve a long-held or deeply meaningful dream can have 
tremendous positive outcomes on their health, purpose, and sense of value. Our 
Wish Recipients report that they are happier, healthier, and feel more involved in 
the world after having a Wish granted.

ONE SIMPLE WISH   
1977 N. Olden Ave.  Suite #292
Trenton, NJ  08618
Phone: 609-883-8484
Email:  info@onesimplewish.org
Website: https://www.onesimplewish.org
Every voice heard. Every child loved.
At One Simple Wish we believe that every child deserves love, hope and joy. Every year 
nearly 500,000 children are impacted by abuse, neglect & trauma and spend time in our 
nation’s foster care system. It can be lonely, confusing and a bit scary. Through our inn-
ovative wish-granting platform, you can send some love to a child who needs a chance 
to just be kids, but they can also make important connections, experience new things 
and find their passion!

Dream Foundation   
1528 Chapala   Suite 304
Santa Barbara, CA  93101 
Phone: 888-4DREAMS      888-437-3267  
Website: https://www.dreamfoundation.org
Dream Foundation’s Dreams touch lives, meet essential needs and provide inspiration, 
comfort and closure at the end of life. Over the past two decades, our Dreams have pro-
vided psycho-social and emotional support tailored to thousands of terminally ill adults 
and their families. Our work plays a critical role in the special end-of-life care that focuses 
on improving quality of life for patients and their families. With the support of a nationwide 
network of volunteers, hospices, health care organizations and committed donors, Dream 
Foundation has given life to more than 32,000 Dreams over the past 25 years.
QUALIFICATIONS:
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are 18 and older, 
are diagnosed with a life limiting illness with a life expectancy of 12 months or less, and 
lack the resources to fulfill the Dream themselves.
&
Dreams for Veterans 
Dream recipients live in the United States, including Alaska and Hawaii, are U.S. military 
veterans 18 and older diagnosed with a life-limiting illness and a life expectancy of 12 
months or less, can provide proof of U.S. military service* and lack the resources to fulfill
the Dream themselves. If the applicant is currently serving on active duty, in the Reserve 
or National Guard, proof of service is required.

Buckmasters American Deer Foundation
Larry F. Hart
BADF Director of Disabled Hunters Services
3445 County Road 159
Bangs,TX  76823
Email:  lfhart99@gmail.com
Website: http://www.buckmasters.com/Resources/Disabled-Hunters
Disabled Hunters Services uses its combined resources to locate, organize and cooperate 
in opportunities for people with disabilities. As many hunts as possible are organized on 
public and private lands, as well as commercial outfitters. We also offer support at state 
and local levels through established Buckmasters chapters.These chapters raise funds 
and work together to meet the needs of challenged sportsmen in their communities. 
&
Grants of equipment are also available to qualified persons with disabilities. 
Our average grant applicant is unable to participate in gainful employment and receives 
less than $10,000 a year in income and benefits. This is hardly enough money to live on, 
much less cover the extensive medical expenses most incur. We make dreams come true 
by providing much needed adaptive shooting equipment for many disabled hunters each 
year. Although expensive, this equipment makes it possible for the recipient shoot and 
target practice for recreation, and to hunt right where they live! Grants include the pur-
chase of mechanical gun rests that allow quadriplegics to shoot a firearm or crossbow.
&
Life Hunts 
Life Hunts grants hunting trips to critically ill and extremely disabled children and young 
adults up to age twenty one. Life Hunts was created in 1998 after mainstream foundations 
stopped granting hunting wishes or requests that involved hunting, firearms or archery 
equipment.The Life Hunt program gives children with questionable futures a glimmer of 
hope, and something to look forward to through their medical trials.These hunts are also 
offered to severely disabled children who have diseases known to shorten their life span. 

The Children's Wish Foundation
8615 Roswell R
Atlanta GA  30350-7526
Phone: 800-323-WISH
Website: www.childrenswish.org
Orlando-based organization that grants wishes for children with life-threatening illnesses 
who have not yet reached their 18th birthday. Focuses primarily on children who reside in 
Florida but has also granted wishes to children from other parts of the U.S., Canada, Eng-
land, and Russia.

A Special Wish Foundation, Inc.
​620 Taylor Station   Suite J
Gahanna, OH  43230
Phone: 614-258-3168
Email: info@aspecialwishfoundation.org
Websitehttps://aspecialwishfoundation.org
OUR GOALS:
To enhance the quality of life for those infants/ children/adolescents who have been 
diagnosed as having a medical problem which is considered to be life-threatening, 
and who have not attained the age of 21 years by providing the opportunity for their 
special wish to be granted.
&
To lend both emotional and social support to the family of the above-mentioned children 
by providing the opportunity for them to share in the wish activity, and to enable them to 
gather some lasting memories to cherish in the future.

Give Kids The World Village 
210 South Bass 
Kissimmee  FL  34746
Phone: 407-396-1114
Website: https://www.gktw.org/index.php
Give Kids The World Village is an 84-acre, non-profit resort in Central Florida that 
provides week-long, cost-free vacations to children with critical illnesses and their 
families. The Village and its community partners provide children and their families 
accommodations in fully furnished villas, transportation, tickets to theme parks, 
meals, daily entertainment and much more.

Kids Wish Network
4060 Louis Ave.
Holiday, FL  34691
Phone: 888-918-9004
Email: info@kidswishnetwork.org
Website: https://www.kidswishnetwork.org
Kids Wish Network has been making dreams come true for hundreds of thousands 
of children since 1997. We are dedicated to infusing hope, creating happy memories, 
and improving the quality of life for children who are experiencing life-altering situa-
tions. Each and every day, we are moved by the incredible stories of children nation-
wide who are dealing with life-threatening illnesses, the effects of poverty, abuse or 
homelessness. 

Zichron Shlome Refuah Fund
1319-51st St.
Brooklyn, NY 11219
Phone: 718-GET-WELL (438-9355)
Website:  http://www.zsrf.org/services.php
Helps with a wide variety of needs including rent & utilities, wigs, retreats, 
transportation, summer camps, plane tickets, etc. for those with cancer.

United Special Sportsman Alliance
7864 Shotwell Lane
Pittsville WI  54466
Phone: 715-884-2256   800-518-8019
Website: https://childswish.org
United Special Sportsman Alliance, Inc. (USSA) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit “dream 
wish” granting charity, that specializes in sending critically ill and disabled youth 
and disabled veterans on the FREE outdoor adventure of their dreams! USSA ad-
ventures give our youth and veterans them in their time of need! 

Twilight Wish Foundation
PO Box 1042
Doylestown, PA  18901
Phone: 877-TWF-WISH   877-893-9474 Toll Free
Website: https://twilightwish.org 
To qualify for a wish, you must be a U.S. citizen, age 68 or older or a permanent 
resident of an elder-care facility, and with an income less than $19,000 and with 
assets of less than $100,000. Recipients must also have a "documented history 
of contributing positively to the welfare of others over their lifetime."

Casting for Recovery   
109 E. Oak   Suite 1G 
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: 888-553-3500
Email:  info@castingforrecovery.org
Website:  www.castingforrecovery.org
Casting for Recovery (CfR) provides healing outdoor retreats for women with 
breast cancer, at no cost to the participants. CfR’s retreats offer opportunities 
or women to find inspiration, discover renewed energy for life, and experience 
healing connections with other women and nature. The retreats are open to 
women with breast cancer of all ages, in all stages of treatment and recovery. 

Reel Recovery
160 Brookside 
Needham, MA  02492
Phone: 800-699-4490
Email: info@reelrecovery.org
Website: https://reelrecovery.org
Mission & Purpose
The mission of Reel Recovery is to help men in the cancer recovery process
by introducing them to the healing powers of the sport of fly-fishing, while 
providing a safe, supportive environment to explore their personal experien-
ces of cancer with others who share their stories. Our purpose is to address 
the growing demand for and limited supply of support services specifically 
tailored for men with cancer. Our overarching goal is to improve the lives of 
the men we serve. We seek to give these courageous men a respite from their 
day-to-day concerns so that they might gain a fresh outlook on their fight with 
cancer; we facilitate discussions that give them strength, encouragement and 
a new network of friends and support; we provide cancer information and re-
sources to enable better management of their disease; and we provide them 
new skills to bring joy, enthusiasm and renewed hope as they confront the 
challenges of their cancer survivorship.

DO IT FOR THE LOVE 
360 Grand Ave.   #350
Oakland, CA  94610
Phone: 844-484-3568
Email: info@doitforthelove.org
Website: https://www.doitforthelove.org
We make live music experiences – by any artist – available to those who need 
the healing power of music the most. To date, we have made over 2,700 musical 
wishes come true! It’s all thanks to the love and support of our incredible com-
munity!  

CAMERON SIEMERS FOUNDATION FOR HOPE 
P.O. Box 1074 
Los Alamitos, CA  90720 
Website: http://www.cameronsiemers.org
What is a Life Grant™? 
If you are between the ages of 18 and 30 and have been diagnosed with a life-
threatening illness, you can apply for a Life Grant.  A Life Grant is an award 
up to $5,000 to be used in the fulfillment of a dream, goal, or project that you 
take on to make a difference in your life and the lives of others. 
What makes a Great Life Grant Project? 
Considering it is about your self-expression and contribution to others, the 
sky is the limit. Some examples might include: organizing a fundraiser for 
something you are passionate about; starting your own business; launching 
a product or invention; taking a photography class; producing a cd of your 
music or a book of your poetry; traveling the world on a goodwill mission. 

Inheritance of Hope 
PO Box 90
Pisgah Forest, NC  28768
Phone: 914-213-8435
Email: info@inheritanceofhope.org
Website: https://inheritanceofhope.org
Inheritance of Hope's mission is to inspire hope in young families facing the 
loss of a parent. The 501(c)(3) charity was founded by Kristen & Deric Milligan 
following several years of coping with the challenges of raising three young 
children while battling Kristen’s terminal liver cancer diagnosis. Sadly, Kristen 
lost her courageous bout with cancer in 2012, but her legacy lives on as Inher-
itance of Hope uniquely serves families like her own. Inheritance of Hope is a 
faith-based organization – welcoming families of all faiths and backgrounds 
while serving under the core beliefs of the Christian faith.

FOR PETE’S SAKE CANCER RESPITE FOUNDATION
620 West Germantown Pike  Suite 250
Plymouth Meeting, PA  19462
Phone: 267-708-0510
Email: info@takeabreakfromcancer.org
Website: https://takeabreakfromcancer.org
Our Mission:
For Pete’s Sake Cancer Respite Foundation enables cancer patients and 
their loved ones to strengthen, deepen and unify their relationships by 
creating unforgettable and lasting respite experiences.
Pete’s Dream in Action:
Our Cancer Respite Program includes two forms, the Travel Respite and 
the Staycation Respite. Both experiences are transformative and address 
the emotional, psycho-social, financial, physical and spiritual traumas that 
families confront with a cancer diagnosis. Our Cancer Respite Program 
complements traditional treatment and the respite experience plays a crucial 
role in the patient continuum of care.
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FPS works with oncology professionals at leading cancer centers to create 
these care-free, cost-free respite experiences for an underserved patient 
population. Patients (ages 24-55 and nominated by a member of their onco-
logy team), caregivers and their children receive a Travel Respite experience 
in one of our beautiful accommodations, or if they are unable to travel due to 
advanced stage cancer, they receive a Staycation Respite experience in their 
own home. Both forms of respite will forever change lives.









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