The idea to form Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles was generated from an article in the TRW Company Newsletter. Los Angeles sales representative Michael Lewis was waiting for his meeting to begin when he read the article about a charity in Phoenix, Arizona that was doing wonderful things for sick children.
He rushed home and gathered together a group who began working with the Phoenix office to set up a chapter in the Greater Los Angeles area, which was incorporated as the 15th chapter in the national network on April 1, 1983.
In that first year, 12 wishes were granted, including the chapter's inaugural for 11-year-old Gary from Ventura who wished for a VCR of his own. Volunteers presented the new VCR and one year of complimentary video rentals to him while he was still in the hospital. His smile became the first of many for Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.
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.
Our National History
The group that Mike Lewis worked with in Phoenix became Make-A-Wish America, our national organization. Read more here.