Krishen Iyer studied public administration and business at San Diego State University before going on to open several insurance brokerages throughout the United States, including Fresno, California-based Iyer Health Shield. Now working in the Fresno real estate field with his company Iyer CRSI, Krishen Iyer supports several charities, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation works to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. The foundation was recently involved in an Israeli study on the effectiveness of wish granting on sick children in terms of their psychological health and quality of life.
Written by Anat Shoshani, Keren Mifano, and Johanna Czamanski-Cohen, the 2015 study is entitled “The effects of the Make a Wish intervention on psychiatric symptoms and health-related quality of life of children with cancer: a randomised controlled trial.” The trial looked at the levels of hope, positive or negative affect, optimism, and physical and mental symptoms of 66 children with cancer between the ages of 5 and 12. Whereas half the children’s wishes were granted, the remaining children were assigned to a waitlist.
After taking a baseline measurement of these qualities before the wishes were granted, the researchers took another measurement about five weeks later. The study showed significant improvement in terms of distress, depression, anxiety, positive affect, and quality of life for those whose wishes were fulfilled. Those on the waitlist did not show any significant changes, except in terms of their positive affect, which actually decreased. The authors concluded that hope, especially when addressing something that seems impossible, may help these children better manage the difficulties of dealing with a terminal illness.
The former CEO of Iyer Health Shield, Krishen Iyer owns and operates Iyer Real Estate, LLC, a real estate development firm in Fresno, California. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer supports several philanthropic organizations, including Wounded Warrior Project (WWP), which assists service members and veterans with serious injuries, as well as their families.
WWP recently announced a new focus on sleep issues among veterans through its Warrior Care Network. Up to 500,000 veterans deal with posttraumatic stress disorder, which can significantly impact sleep quality. The two issues identified by the new initiative include sleep apnea and rapid eye movement sleep behavior disorder (RBD), both of which can be diagnosed through a sleep study.
Warriors are now being encouraged to spend the night in a sleep lab to have their sleep monitored and to receive personalized treatment. Breathing machines can help cure sleep apnea, and medications ease RBD symptoms. Through Warrior Care Network, individuals can also access multi-week intensive outpatient therapy programs to deal with symptoms that could contribute to sleep disturbances.
An accomplished entrepreneur, Krishen Iyer formerly served as the CEO of Iyer Health Shield. Currently, he oversees a real estate firm in Fresno, California, that he founded. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer gives back to the community through his support of several organizations, including the Make-A-Wish Foundation, which grants wishes for children with chronic and terminal health issues.
Recently, the Make-A-Wish Foundation introduced Wishmaker, an online platform that lets individuals around the nation crowdfund a particular wish. Developed through CrowdRise, the platform lets children reach out to their social media networks to ask for donations.
In April, the organization partnered with WWE and unveiled Wishmaker to raise money for fulfilling wishes related to the wrestling entertainment provider. WWE has a long-standing relationship with the organization, and WrestleMania remains one of the largest wish-granting events of the year. In 2017, Make-A-Wish sent 39 children and their families to Florida to attend the event.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation hopes that Wishmaker will bring it closer to its goal of granting 17,000 wishes annually by 2020.
An owner of multiple insurance consultation businesses, such as NMP Insurance Services and Iyer Health Shield, in Fresno, California, Krishen Iyer also serves as a residential and commercial real estate agent. Beyond his professional obligations, Krishen Iyer supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation. To help support the costs of its wish-granting activities, the foundation administers a number of campaigns, such as the Wishes in Flight Program.
Make-A-Wish books approximately 50,000 round-trip airline flights every year to grant the travel wishes of children with life-threatening conditions. These trips accounts for more than 2.8 billion miles. Travel wishes may consist of destinations in any part of the world, from Florida’s Disney World to Paris. To help subsidize the cost of air travel, the foundation accepts donations of frequent flier miles through the Wishes in Flight Program. The program helps to support travel wishes across the country and internationally and accepts miles from several major airlines, including Delta, United, Southwest, and American Airlines. Donation processes and miles or point minimums may vary by airline.
With sponsorship from Eye-O Cares, Wishes in Flight is also hosting a temporary promotion that matches donations of frequent flier miles up to 1 million miles. The promotion ends August 31, and donations must be made through the Make-A-Wish website.
Krishen Iyer leads Iyer Real Estate, LLC, through which he buys and sells properties in California. Outside of work, Krishen Iyer donates to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
In June of 2016, Make-A-Wish International received support through a collaboration between FC Barcelona and clothing brand REPLAY, which together launched the Suit Up to Help Grant Wishes Auction. Held from June 1 through June 17, the charitable auction included jerseys and accessories worn by soccer stars like Messi, Piqué, Iniesta, and Neymar. Through the Suit Up to Help Grant Wishes Auction, FC Barcelona sought to raise money to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening conditions.
The auction was not the first time that FC Barcelona contributed to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The club has granted more than 200 wishes to children through the FC Barcelona Foundation. Many of the wishes granted have allowed children to meet the players and attend games and practice sessions.