We grant the wishes of children with life threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.
In 1980, a group of policeman in Phoenix, Arizona fulfilled the wish of seven-year-old Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy who was battling leukemia. Chris’s one ambition in life was to be a policeman. He was sworn in as an honorary patrolman and equipped with a uniform, helmet and badge, and was even taken on a helicopter ride. Chris died five days later and was buried in his uniform and given a police funeral with full honors. From that humble beginning, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has spread throughout the country and abroad to become the largest wish granting organization in the world, with 62 chapters and over 220,000 wishes granted to date.
Make-A-Wish San Diego was chartered in 1983 has granted more than 3,000 wishes to children in San Diego and Imperial Counties. In fiscal year 2012, we granted 185 wishes.
The work of the foundation is accomplished by a volunteer governing board of directors, a paid staff of thirteen, and hundreds of dedicated volunteers. The chapter is a 501(c)3 non-profit incorporated in the state of California.
Make-A-Wish San Diego is a Better Business Bureau Accredited Charity, and meets all of the BBB Wise Giving Alliance Standards for Charity Accountability.