Recent polls on the significance and overall worth of Make-A-Wish continue to be nearly even though the remarkable organization does nothing but work to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.”
The Make-A-Wish club at Costa Mesa High School has just finished collecting the donations for the well-known and truly remarkable organization whose main goal is to provide children with illnesses and terminal diseases a chance to make their wishes and dreams come true. Though the club on campus continues to show its support for the inspiring organization, many others cannot seem to understand its great importance and worth in the lives of these young patients.
This non-profit organization has been around since 1980 and continues to grant the wish of an ill child every 40 minutes in the United States. The innocent and unsuspecting children that are referred to in this program are able to enjoy life and receive a quality of life that they are not able to enjoy on a daily basis. Between battling the horrible symptoms and side effects of their illness, whether it is life threatening or temporary, attending various appointments, being in countless surgeries and constantly taking countless prescription medicines and drugs, these kids have at least earned a chance for something to go exactly as they planned for once.
So many of these children wish for the simplest things that many people can partake in every day or reward themselves with regularly, such as a going shopping or spending a day at the zoo. These wishes, though accompanied with more broad and definitely harder to accomplish wishes, are fulfilled every day for children that want nothing more than to be able to spend a week, day, or even a moment to experience what other ‘normal’ children get to experience every day.
Yes there are some families that see this organization as a paid vacation and there have been incidences of children that were not citizens of the United States applying for the program and having their wish come true, but just because there are a few people that take advantage of the program, doesn’t mean the organization itself is not a life changing program that gives experience to so many unfortunate kids who just want that pink playhouse or to finally be a superhero.
Overall, if nothing else is to be said about this foundation, one thing everyone can agree on is that the unfortunate event of an innocent, defenseless child being stricken with an illness or terminal disease is nothing to debate about It touches the hearts of all, and this organization is doing its best to comfort the hearts of the children that are put in this situation.
Con by Kayla Javier
Make-A-Wish is wasting your money!
Sure, I applaud Make-A-Wish’s efforts in raising money for sick children. Some of my close friends are Make-A-Wish members. More people should be as involved in helping others as Make-A-Wish members. I know for a fact that Make-A-Wish members at CMHS do so much more than pass around that guilt box for spare change. They have car washes, sell lollipops, and participate in Club Rush among other things.
That being said, Make-A-Wish is a waste of money. Make-A-Wish spends thousands and thousands of dollars a day making children’s "wishes" come true. I think that the money could be better spent on finding cures for these life threatening diseases.
I know someone with a life threatening illness. One of my friends was granted her wish about six years ago. At the age of twelve, her wish was a puppy and she got one. Tootsie was a long haired miniature Dachshund, which can cost up to $1,500. Also, Tootsie, as cute as he was, cost her parents even more money for food and care alongside her hospital bills. And let's face it; a dog adopted from the pound would have made a twelve year old just as happy.
The rest of her wish money was spent on a shopping spree. A twelve year old doesn’t know what to do with a hundred dollars let alone all the money that she got. She spent it all on clothes that don't even fit her anymore.
How did this really better her life? She started college recently, but is struggling in her classes as she’s often in the hospital. If her wish money had gone to curing cystic fibrosis, she might be just like any other college freshman right now.
Maybe Make-A-Wish could compromise and spend half of its money on research and use the rest for wishes. Would you rather give a child a day of fun or a lifetime of happiness?