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Chapter History

Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles was founded on the notion of "one child, one wish" in 1983. Since that time, we have brightened the lives of more than 9,500 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions.

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.

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birthday cakeThe Greater Los Angeles chapter is celebrating more than 35 years of granting wishes to local children.

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Did You Know?

Approximately 70% of donations go to program costs.

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles takes pride in being a careful steward of our donor dollars. Nearly 74% of each dollar received goes directly to funding the wishes that we fulfill. For your reference, view our recent financial documents.

Make-A-Wish® Greater Los Angeles
11390 W. Olympic Blvd.
Suite 300
Los Angeles, CA 90064
(310) 788-9474
Toll Free Los Angeles Only (800) 322-9474