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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. It is the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories and 27 international affiliates on five continents. Make-A- Wish® San Diego serves San Diego and Imperial Counties. The organization has granted more than 3,500 wishes since its inception in 1983 and has never turned down a wish for an eligible child.


In 2017, Make-A-Wish San Diego hopes to grant the wishes of 230 children; however, there are over 300 children in our community each year that are medically eligible to qualify for a wish. At an average cost of $8,500 per wish, we need help to make each one a reality.


A wish come true empowers children to fight harder against their illnesses. When they are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days or a week. That experience improves the quality of life for them and their entire family. For their medical team, the experience works in unison with medicine to make their patients feel better, emotionally and physically.
• A combined 89 percent of nurses, doctors, social workers and child life specialists surveyed say they believe that the wish experience can influence wish kids’ physical health.
• 74 percent of wish parents observed that the wish experience marked a turning point in their own children’s response to treatment.
• 99 percent of parents and reported that the wish experience gave their children increased feelings of happiness.
• 96 percent of parents said the wish experience strengthened their families.
• 85 percent of parents observed a decrease in their children’s anxieties or fears.
• 91 percent of parents and 75 percent of health professionals observed that the wish experience decreased their children’s depression or sadness.
• 97 percent of wish families and 96 percent of health professionals observe increases in wish kids’ emotional health.


Make-A-Wish San Diego was chartered in 1983 has granted over 3,500 wishes to children in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Last year, we granted 225 wishes, and in 2017, we expect to grant even more.

The work of the foundation is accomplished by a volunteer governing board of directors, a small but committed staff of seventeen, and over 250 dedicated volunteers.

The chapter is a 501(c)(3)non-profit incorporated in the state of California.

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