City of Fort Smith Spotlight of the Month is..

Make a Wish Foundation


Make- A- Wish Foundation is a wonderful organization to have in the city of Fort Smith. This organization has enriched the lives of many children with life threatening medical conditions through its wish granting work. The Foundation’s mission reflects the life-changing impact that a Make-A- Wish experience has on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

This organization has spectacular volunteers that helps the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.

When you donate, you’re giving children renewed strength to fight their illnesses, bringing families closer together and uniting entire communities. YOU can change lives!

When a wish is granted, a child replaces fear with confidence, anxiety with excitement and sadness with optimism.

Grant wishes to children who are ages 2 ½ to 18

Make-A-Wish officials, volunteers and supporters have helped grant wishes such as service dogs, fishing boats, ATV’s, above ground swimming pools, computers, pets and numerous trips.

All of the children who come to Make-A Wish Foundation have a life threatening medical condition, which means the child has an illness or disease that places their life in jeopardy. A lot of people think Make-A-Wish only grants wishes to children who are terminally ill, something that means that a child will lose their battle quickly. The fact is that 70% of the kids will live with, or beat, their illness. They don’t want parents thinking that they only grant wishes to children who will pass away.

Potential “wish kids” often are referred to Make-A-Wish staff by their physician and family members, although a child can refer himself or herself to Make-A-Wish. Make-A-Wish officials then send forms to the physician, with the forms receiving a “yes” from the doctor being placed into the hands of Make-A-Wish volunteers, those volunteers go visit the child and family to learn about the child’s wish.

Make-A-Wish staff and volunteers do “everything they can” to grant the wish of a child, but they rely on the medical experts to make sure the wish is “appropriate.” If a child has a big surgery or treatment coming up, a physician will say that child has to wait a year or so to make a trip outside of the country. Make-A-Wish works with the physicians to not jeopardize the children’s health.”

If you would like to help this wonderful organization please call (479) 308-2983.

You can help make a difference – I did!  - Wendy Mathis