- It brings great joy to see the smile on a child's face when I help fulfill a wish they truly dreamed of.Fred L., Volunteer
About Our Organization
Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles was founded on the notion of "one child, one wish" in 1983. Since that time, we have brightened the lives of more than 7,900 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions.
While medical technology and treatments have allowed the children we serve to lead longer lives, we continue to strive towards our ultimate mission of fulfilling a wish for every child diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition in Los Angeles County.
Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles will fulfill a wish for any child who is over the age of 2 1/2 years and under 18 (at the time of referral) in Los Angeles County with a progressive, degenerative, or malignant life-threatening medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy. After a child is referred to the foundation, the child's physician confirms that he or she is medically eligible to receive a wish and the wish granting process proceeds from there.
Make-A-Wish is the nation's largest wish-granting organization. It has fulfilled the wishes of more than 225,000 children in the United States and its territories since 1980. Based in Phoenix, the Make-A-Wish Foundation serves every community in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 62 chapters.