What We Do
Wish Upon a Teen provides resources, time, and opportunities to teenagers with severe life-limiting medical conditions. Wishes do come true, and you can make them happen with Wish Upon a Teen. The teenage years are filled with many anxieties related to self-esteem, body-image, and planning for the future. For teens also faced with a severe life-limiting medical condition, the transition from childhood to adulthood can be especially challenging. Since 2011, Wish Upon a Teen has worked on behalf of these exceptional teens by offering creative social opportunities designed to promote peer interaction and build self-esteem. Design My Room® is Wish Upon a Teen’s signature program for teens facing extended hospitalization while battling a severe life-limiting medical condition. This simple hospital room makeover has a remarkably positive impact on a teenager’s sense of well-being. Wish Upon A Teen is honored to host an annual Evening of Dreams Prom for teens whose medical conditions make it impossible for them to attend the prom held at their schools. This gala evening comes complete with decorations, refreshments, music, and glamorous attire, allowing them to participate in the typical teenage “rite of passage” and share a magical evening with family and friends. Meet Ava and her mom, Karen~ “My name is Karen and my daughter Ava was diagnosed with a malignant brain tumor back in May of 2019. When you hear the diagnosis of cancer, there are many words that flood your head, one of them being the word, unknown. It is unknown just where this whole journey will take you, the good, the bad, and the ugly. One part of this journey has been the amazing continued support of the wonderful organization, Wish Upon a Teen! They have made such a huge impact in our lives over the past year and it all started with the designing of her hospital room on her first chemotherapy admission. The room was absolutely beautiful and brought much comfort to our Ava. The design team was incredible! We can not imagine being on this journey without them.”
- We are helping teens in 84 hospitals nationwide including 8 Michigan hospitals.
- It only costs $250 to redecorate one teen's hospital room, making it feel more like "home" in our innovative Design My Room program
- In 2019 we designed 389 hospitals rooms, like Ava's. "When Ava walked into her room all of those feelings of being scared and unsure went away!"
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