Cystic fibrosis will no longer automatically qualify for Make-A-Wish

Children with cystic fibrosis will no longer automatically qualify for a wish because of advancements in treatments for the condition.

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Starting in 2024, individuals with cystic fibrosis will no longer automatically quality to receive a wish from the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

The nonprofit organization grants wishes to children who have been diagnosed with critical illnesses or conditions that jeopardize their life. 

Make-A-Wish said its decision to stop automatically providing wishes for those with cystic fibrosis is because of advancements in research and treatment for the genetic condition that causes problems with breathing and digestion. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control, cystic fibrosis affects about 35,000 people in the U.S. The life expectancy or those with cystic fibrosis has continually gone up. For those born between 1995-1999, the life expectancy was 32 years, according to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. Babies born between 2015-2019 now have a life expectancy for 46 years.

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Make-A-Wish said it won't automatically reject wishes for children with cystic fibrosis. Instead, it said the wishes will be granted on a case-by-case basis. 

"This is consistent with our approach to other critical illnesses that do not automatically qualify for wishes because the course of the condition varies from person to person," the organization stated. 

The nonprofit  added that it grants wishes on a case-by-case basis for individuals with other illness including certain types of cancer, epilepsy and heart disease. 

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