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Make-A-Wish and Children's Health

Top of Mind with Julie Rose
  • Dec 18, 2018 11:00 pm
  • 15:01

Guest: James Fahner, Pediatric Oncologist and Former Chairman of the National Medical Advisory Council for Make-A-Wish America Granting wishes to sick children is a heartwarming tradition – whether it’s meeting a celebrity, going to Disneyland, or getting a puppy. But does heartwarming lead to healing? A group of doctors who treat kids with cancer wanted to find out. They compared hundreds of sick kids who had wishes granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation to hundreds of similarly sick kids who did not. The results confirm what the doctors had long suspected: granting a wish helps children heal and can actually save health care costs.