Together, we create life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. 


About Make-A-Wish San Diego 

Make-A-Wish San Diego grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses in San Diego and Imperial Counties. Since its inception in 1983, the San Diego chapter has granted more than 4,000 wishes to children in our community. In the coming year, the organization anticipates granting over 235 wishes for local children. At Make-A-Wish San Diego, the goal is simple: to come into a child’s life during a difficult time to provide hope and a much-needed break from the daily challenges they are forced to face. For more information about Make-A-Wish San Diego, visit us online at or call us at (858) 707-WISH.

Wishes generally fall into one of these categories:

  • I wish to have… 

  • I wish to be...

  • I wish to go

  • I wish to meet


We’re on a quest to bring every eligible child’s wish to life – a goal that is born from the idea that a wish is an integral part of a child’s treatment. Our vision is to grant a wish to every eligible child in San Diego and Imperial Counties. We serve children from all areas of both counties and our demographics span every socio-economic and ethnic demographic. No eligible child is ever turned away, and a family’s financial status, race, or religion has no bearing on whether or not a child will receive a wish.  

We believe in the power of a wish®. It is our purpose to provide children and their families with a life-affirming experience in the midst of a very challenging time. A wish has the power to change a child’s mental state, provide desperately-needed respite for a family, and allow the child and his/her family to experience a sense of normalcy. 


We grant the wishes of medically eligible children who:  

  • have been diagnosed with a progressive, degenerative or malignant condition that has placed the child’s life in jeopardy;  

  • are older than 2½ and younger than 18 (at the time of referral);  

  • haven’t received a wish from another wish-granting organization.