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Make-A-Wish Arizona

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Health, Patient & Family Support

Mission: Make-A-Wish Arizona grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Make-A-Wish Arizona believes that the fulfillment of a wish creates a magical moment for children, families, and everyone involved in a wish. Therefore, it is the chapter's vision that people everywhere will share the power of a wish.

Results: In our 2016 fiscal year, we were able to grant 365 wishes for Arizona wish kids. We still have approximately 427 wish kids waiting for volunteers and funds to help make their one true wish come true.

Target demographics: children with life-threatening medical conditions

Direct beneficiaries per year: 380 Arizona wish kids

Geographic areas served: Arizona

Programs: I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to meet and I wish to have.

Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Client Served

Rating: 5

As a mother to a wish kid, I can say that the wish experience changed our lives for the better. From the trip itself -it was magical, A once in a lifetime experience that cannot ever be duplicated to the wish granters that still brighten my days when I see their names appear on my phone or computer. Words cannot adequately describe what a blessing it was, from paradise to friendships, we're forever grateful to Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Client Served

Rating: 5

It's more than the "wish" it's the feeling of happiness and excitement that Make -A- Wish makes possible for children that have had to face the unknown, the pain, the sadness that a life threatening illness presents. Make- A- Wish gave my son something to look forward to and the excitement of his "hearts desire" to become a reality. Finally , something magical was going to happen not only for him but for his mom and dad who could only be consumed with his care, The kids are so excited but it is a very emotional process for the families whose heart breaks for their child. The anticipation of a Make- A- Wish come true, just what we needed and what my son deserved. Thank you Make-A-Wish and all who support you.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Our son's wish was to go to Kangaroo Island in Australia. Make-A-Wish fulfilled that dream. They went above and beyond to make it an experience our family will never forget. The whole trip was well planned and orchestrated.
3 1/2 years of chemotherapy was a huge ordeal for the whole family. Make-A-Wish helped our family heal emotionally and although childhood cancer is a part of us, the trip gave our son something to live for.
Our family will always be grateful to Make-A-Wish for fulfilling our son's wish and giving our family memories which will last a lifetime.


Client Served

Rating: 5

I am the mom of am amazing Wish Kid, and our experience with Make A Wish AZ was far above and beyond anything we could have imagined. She was granted her one true wish, a shopping spree, but it was so much more than just a "trip to buy stuff." She was truly made a princess for the day, and treated like royalty by everyone, from the wish granters to the staff at the restaurant she picked for lunch!! Channy (our daughter) was smiling from morning till night on net special day, and to this day, when we talk about her wish or Wish event, that huge smile comes right back. We absolutely love, and are so grateful for Make A Wish AZ, they gave our whole family a gift that day that will live in our hearts forever.

1 Amber61

Client Served

Rating: 5

The summer of 2003 was life changing! Our 8 year old made a wish - he wanted to own a pickle factory when he grew up. Make-a-Wish Arizona took that simple little wish and gave us a trip we will never forget. From the limo ride to the airport to our beautiful and comfortable hotel, all the details were taken care of - including printing the hundreds of photos we took! Our 8 year old got to "run" a pickle factory in Maryland for the day and got as many pickles as he could bottle which they then shipped home for him to enjoy. Our experiences that summer brought light and joy during a very difficult challenge. We didn't have to worry about anything and instead spent a week enjoying family time, eating pickles and celebrating our son's life. Now that he is gone those memories are priceless. Make-a-Wish Arizona is an amazing non-profit that changes the lives of children bringing them hope and joy! Their impact on families is immeasurable.

Comments ( 1 )


hcostello 10/09/2014

We love this story at Make-A-Wish Arizona because it shows how unique and specific a wish can be. Thank you, Amber, for sharing. We would love to improve your son's story on our website (we have such a cute photo of him) if you are interested in sharing more. Please contact us at info@arizona.wish.org.


Client Served

Rating: 5

We had an absolutely amazing experience for my daughter's wish! We were originally scheduled for a trip to Disneyland/Knott's Berry/Universal Studios in March, but then my daughter got really sick and had to be hospitalized unexpectedly. We were due to leave on a Monday morning, but had to call on the previous Thursday to say that she was just too sick and wouldn't be able to leave as planned. I honestly wasn't sure how it would all play out, since so many plans had been put in place and now canceled at the last minute. But Make A Wish was so awesome!!! They were very understanding and reassuring that the wish would still be waiting and every bit as wonderful then as it was planned for. And indeed it was! We ended up going two months later (we chose our reschedule date), and it was absolutely worth the wait in every way!! Not only was my daughter in much better health to fully enjoy the trip, the weather was better than it would have been during our original dates! And the trip itself...this was our very first family vacation EVER, and it was such a blessing to not have to worry about anything, especially expenses!! Everything was completely paid for, down to the smallest detail. The accomadations were fantastic as well!!! And I must add that although my oldest daughter was the "Wish Kid", my youngest daughter is affected by autism, and we were very pleased that her special needs were taken into consideration as well. I just can't say enough how great our experience was (starting with the limo to the airport and special recognition from the pilots!) and we just love and are so grateful for the Make A Wish Foundation for giving my daughter (all of us really) that much needed break!!!