The Rainbow Connection

The Rainbow Connection makes wishes come true for Michigan children with life threatening medical conditions. In addition, we provide support services to eligible wish families in need.


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Imagine the dreams that every child has. Imagine the dreams a parent has for their child. A diagnosis of a critical illness changes those dreams in an instant, but what if the child’s biggest dream could still come true? The Rainbow Connection is a Michigan focused 501(c)(3) organization that grants once-in-a-lifetime wishes to these children. These wishes not only distract everyone away from the illness, doctors, treatments, physical changes, etc., but gives everyone a rallying point to discuss when visiting the child, sidetracking the worries, and creating lifetime memories.

The Rainbow Connection was established in Michigan on September 11, 1985 as a wish granting organization for children diagnosed with a critical illness. Since its inception, The Rainbow Connection has granted the wishes, ranging from family vacations, to shopping sprees and even celebrity meet and greets, to more than 3,900 brave children!

A couple of our wish families had the following responses to their wish experience:

  • “During Greta’s wish, we saw our beautiful daughter belly laughing again. We witnessed the wonder coming back into her life. While on the wish, we experienced Greta’s resiliency, strength, and joy. The Rainbow Connection provided our family so much more than a wish. They gave us our hope back.”

  • “They say that Magic Kingdom is where dreams come true but honestly, it’s organizations like The Rainbow Connection that dreams actually do come true for these kids!”

On behalf of these courageous wish kids, we are asking for you rsupport to grant wishes and provide hope to them and their families!

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