Make-A-Wish Foundation: The Science Behind Hope

The Balance Sheet recently release an article on Make-a-Wish Foundation Atlanta that shed light on the quantifiable, scientifically proven benefits of instilling hope in a sick child. I found the study fascinating! I’ve always know that there was something to it but it’s great to have facts and figures to accompany philanthropy. Believe it or not, there are actually people on earth who believe philanthropic outreach is useless.

I’ve included an excerpt that I found particularly compelling:make a wish logo

  • Wish kids are more willing to comply with difficult, but vital, treatment regimens.

  • 89 percent of parents observed increases in wish kids’ emotional strength, which can help them improve their health status.

  • 81 percent of parents observed an increased willingness by their wish kids to comply with treatment protocols.

  • 75 percent of parents noted that the wish experience increased wish kids’ physical health and strength.

  • 74 percent saw the wish experience as a positive turning point in the wish kids’ battle against their illnesses.

  • Parents and volunteers observe that a wish come true makes kids feel stronger and more energetic.

The study was conducted by an independent research firm, so it’s not like Make-a-Wish just created some info to drum up support. Learn more information through the article.

Volunteer this holiday season with Make-a-Wish Atlanta or your local chapter. You can really make a difference in a child’s life.

I will also be creating a post on other volunteer opportunities in Atlanta through local nonprofits and other do-gooder organizations. Follow my blog for updates!

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