Make-A-Wish Arizona is one of the best organizations I've volunteered with. Their volunteer and program teams are so kind and intentional both to those they serve and those who help serve! Highly recommend spending your time and money here. :)
Hawaii (the big island) we were taken care of from the drive to the airport and also when we got off. Every step of the way we were offered assistance from the Hawaiian make a wish and Arizona to make sure we were having a wonderful time and found things to do, besides our excursions we had planned.
Thank you so much for everything you do and did for us.
Make A Wish truly cares. They want to give hope and happiness to children who have struggles and suffered with their illnesses. They do that. I love that. That’s why I became a volunteer to be a part of something so wonderful!
I have been a wish grant for a number of years! I get much more from the kids I help get their one true wish, then they get! From the initial meeting to the return from their wish no mater if it’s a far away travel or a shopping spree right here! The smiles, hugs and photos are so precious!
My son was granted a wish to go to Hawaii and see his two cousins, Aunt and Uncle. This was such an amazing experience that was put together by MAW and created an experience that will never be forgotten by our family! Kendrick loves his wish so much that, he wants to move to Hawaii and live there forever. He got to feel free from the weekly doctor’s appts, PT sessions, and hours sitting in the car traveling back and forth. Kendrick for the first time in his life got to feel like most kids, only worried about fighting over a toy that his brother or cousins had that he wanted to play with, haha. Dad and I for the first time since Kendrick was born only had to focus on just being with our family and nothing else! We have to worry about making all of Kendrick’s doctors appts fitting together, medications, surgeries, schooling, equipment modifications, jobs, money, and trying to have our kids live a normal life. The week we spent in Hawaii lifted all of these struggles away for at least a week and it was like hitting a reset button on our families mental health. We can’t thank Make-A-Wish enough for how much this wish helped our family. Kendrick has talk about his wish to all his preschool classmates, teachers, his doctors, PT, Other family members, and random people he meets. We are very thankful for all the people that helped make this possible for our family.
Mi hijo se llama Nicolás tiene wolf-hircshhorn syndrome. En Noviembre pasado Makewish le concedió el deceo a Nicolás de conocer a su cantante favorito. Pitbull. Fuimos a Miami. Estuvimos aya por 4 días. Todo fue muy bonita experiencia. Muchas gracias Makewish por hacerle realidad el sueño a mi niño.
Make-A-Wish Arizona is an awesome organization!
Make-A-Wish of Arizona made it possible for my son, who has cerebral palsy, to have a wonderful childhood memory while going through a very difficult and often painful time in his life.
The volunteers were all so welcoming and friendly - well organized and responsive.
Anybody thinking of supporting Make-A-Wish should know that it makes amazing differences in these children's lives!
Thank you Make-A-Wish!!!
Make a Wish Foundation has made a huge difference in the life of my daughter. She finished chemotherapy in May. She has an optic glioma because of NF-1. The visits from our wish grantees, Dave and Heidi, during treatment, brightened her life. We are leaving Sunday on a Disney Cruise and we are counting the days. I will always be so grateful to you. Thank you for this amazing gift.
Our son Renan was 11 when he was diagnosed with leukemia. It was devastating to our whole family and something we never thought we would hear. That very day he would start his treatments.
It was hard for Renan to be away from his family and home while he was at the hospital so he would ask them to come see him each night he was there.
After several months went by, we were told that he could be a part of Make a Wish. It made such a huge difference to him, having something really fun to look forward to. It was also really important to him that it would be something that his family could do together.
One day when Renan was watching TV, he saw a commercial for the new Alauni resort in Hawaii and decided right then that it was where he wanted to go! Everything was planned, and the the whole family was going! Renan loved it and we all have such special memories of being there together.
Renan’s wish helped him get through the hardest thing he’s ever had to face. We are so grateful to Make a Wish for granting wishes and making such a huge difference in the life of our son.
I had a Wish Kid that wanted to meet the Pope. It wasnt a I want to meet the Pope. It was I NEED to meet the Pope. His entire is so incredible it would bring tears to your eyes.....I guarantee it!!!
I have done volunteer work for many years with other organizations. Make A Wish is by far my favorite. People ask me all the time how do I do it. Working with very ill children. I tell them mom and dad have to have them do all the bad stuff, treatments..etc. the Dr. and nurses the same. I get to being in all the fun! I am their fairy God mother. I get to grant their ONE TRUE WISH. How much better than that be. I absolutely LOVE volunteering with Make A Wish.
Hi my name is Angie Diaz Malanche. My 14 year old daughter Imani was diagnosed last year with a rare blood disease called PNH. Imani’s bone marrow has been destroyed by this disease. She goes twice a week to the hospital for observation and blood and platelet transfusions. Currently we are searching for a match for a bone marrow for Imani.
This past summer through this wonderful organization Make A Wish AZ, my daughter and our entire family of 8 were spoiled with a trip to Guam. Imani’s Wish was to go to Guam to say thank you to every family member that fundraised and continues to support her through her illness. Without Imani’s wish and Make a Wish granting such a wish there would’ve never been a way for my family to afford such a trip. Just to see the smile on my daughter’s face for those two weeks was priceless and made me sleep well those nights. It has been a very gloomy and sad 10 months for Imani. Not being able to go to school during her 8th grade year and just being a teenager affected her. I truly don’t know what hurt more as a parent, knowing your child was ill or knowing how sad your daughter is. Both equally pull at my heart. So Make a Wish thank you so much for bringing some light into my daughter’s life even if for a brief moment. I know she like many of the kids who are going through illnesses that even for a split second light up when wishes are granted. That means the world to me and I’m sure many parents feel the same way. I want to thank Make a wish of Guam as well because they had a part in organizing the activities in Guam. This organization is truly about bringing a light of hope, breath of fresh air and miracles to life! We will never ever forget what you all have given our Imani. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts!
I’ve been a Wish Grantor for almost a year and have loved every moment of it! The Wish Kids and their families are so appreciative and have all become friends that we will cherish for a lifetime! The support from the Make-A-Wish staff and team members is exemplary!
My daughter had such a positive experience with Make a Wish. She went on her dream Disney vacation in February and they were so polite, helpful and positive from start to finish. She literally had to just sit back and enjoy the ride!
I have been a wish granter for 16 years and have done approximately 100 wishes. Every wish has been a blessing to me as I was able to participate with families to help them have a positive experience. I am proud to be involved with Make A Wish Arizona as they are a tremendous organization.
Make-A-Wish Arizona grants once-in-a-lifetime experiences to the children it serves, and enables volunteers to participate in this magical endeavor. I am privileged to volunteer at this amazing organization as a wish granter. My favorite part is seeing the smiles on wish kids' and their families' faces!
I have had the blessing of being a volunteer photography for the Arizona Foundation since 2008. The families, Wish granters and other volunteers are world class people. My first Wish was a Quinceañera for a yound lady and I was hooked as a parent, photographer and friend. I shared in several Wish Balls, Wish Walks and many many Wishes that I will never forget. I was also blessed to be a Volunteer of the Month, such a privilege ! I got to know the Founding Fathers as well as the first family while building relationships and a love with and for each and every one of them ! I also have made friends of my lifetime with the WIsh parents, families and friends of the Wish children. I can't say enough about the people of the Arizona Make-A-Wish Foundation and I pray for and wish them all the best God can offer.
I haven't been a Wish Granter for long, but it is one of the best decisions I've ever made. I love knowing that I'm making a difference in someone's life. The staff made me feel so welcomed with their insightful words and smiling faces.
The work that Make A Wish AZ does is beyond measure. Not only do they bring hope, strength, and joy to children and their families in our state, they also bless the volunteers with support and purpose. Thank you to MAWAZ for making our state a better place to live and raise our families.
I have been a Wish Granter since 2012 and it has been the greatest experience of my life! Being able to work with such a giving organization, work with such amazing volunteers and meet some of the strongest people (kids) you could imagine gives me so much joy. Seeing the impact that a wish has on these children is mind blowing. If I had one wish it would be to be to have enough funds to be able to become a full-time Wish Granter!
I am a Wish Granter for Make-A-Wish Arizona and absolutely love being a volunteer for this organization! Someone once asked me what my one true with would be and it was simple, "win the lottery so I could be a full-time wish granter!".
The happiness we bring to the lives of children with life threatening medical conditions is only a part of why this organization is so amazing. The lessons we learn from the kids we work with (live each day to the fullest), the connection and support we share with fellow wish granters and the wonderful staff all make this a great place to volunteer.