Eligibility for the Make-A-Wish Foundation

Krishen Iyer is a California-based business executive who has previous experience in the insurance industry, in addition to his current responsibilities leading a real estate firm. Outside of his professional work, Krishen Iyer supports several charitable organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Founded in 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is a charitable organization that works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses. The organization, which is headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, has a presence in almost 50 countries and has made more than 415,000 wishes come true. 

Referrals to the Make-A-Wish Foundation are accepted from children with an illness or their caregivers, parents, guardians, or other family members. To be eligible, a child must be at least two and a half years old but younger than eighteen. In addition, the child must have a life-threatening illness or condition that can be confirmed by a treating physician. 

Typical wish requests include trips, meetings with athletes and celebrities, and presents; children also commonly wish for special days where they get to “be” someone else—a princess, fireman, or superhero, for example. 

The referral process can be started at the organization's website at www.wish.org/refer-a-child/.