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Sep 21, 2016

Connor, 14, surprised his wish is coming true

Valley teen who battled cancer finds out his wish is granted

Tucson News Now

It was not going to be a typical day at Cienega High School for a freshman Connor, when he found out his wish was coming true. Connor, 14, had been battling an aggressive form of lymphoma since he was diagnosed in November but in March, Henderson found out his cancer is in remission. His friends, family, and Make-A-Wish Arizona surprised him at school to share his wish to swim with dolphins along the coast of Maui was granted!

Jul 21, 2016

Vote for Make-A-Wish Arizona to win $10,000

We're a Phoenix Stories finalist! Vote now to help us win $10,000

Phoenix Business Journal

Make-A-Wish Arizona has been selected as one of the 15 nonprofit finalists for the three grants being offered from the Phoenix Business Journal. The nonprofit with the most votes will receive a $10,000 grant. Two runner-up nonprofits will each receive a $5,000 grant. Voting takes just seconds and you can help us grant future Arizona wishes with the click of a button!

Jul 18, 2016

The Wish Journey

Discover the wish journey and the people who make wishes come true

COX 7 Arizona

A wish is much more than just a nice thing. Wishes give children he ability to feel optimistic about the future and to think about something greater than their next medical treatment. They empower kids to take back control of their lives and often can have a physical impact on a child's health. This is the final segment of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 15, 2016

The Make-A-Wish story

The Make-A-Wish Story: It all started with one Arizona boy

COX 7 Arizona

Make-A-Wish is a global organization that grants the one true wish of kids with life-threatening medical conditions. But many people are surprised to hear the organization was founded right here in Arizona. It all started with a 7-year-old boy named Chris, who was diagnosed with leukemia and wanted to be a police officer when he grew up. To this day, Chris is the only civilian ever to be sworn in as an honorary DPS officer. This is the third of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 13, 2016

Rebekkah Make-A-Wish Arizona

8-year-old wish kid Rebekkah shares her inspiring story

COX 7 Arizona

Rebekkah likes to draw and read and says she wants to be a teacher when she grows up to help others. But Rebekkah is also a surviving twin. When she was an infant, she was hospitalized and doctors discovered a hole in her heart. Rebekkah’s mom contacted Make-A-Wish Arizona as a means to lift their spirits, and now, 8 years old, Rebekkah is looking forward to her wish to see her favorite princesses at Walt Disney World. This is the second of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jul 12, 2016

Wish kids Jarek and Malik are brothers with the same life-threatening heart condition.

Meet brothers Jarek and Malik and learn about their wish experience

COX 7 Arizona

Wish kids Jarek and Malik are brothers with the same life-threatening heart condition. Learn about their family's story and what they are most looking forward to about their wish experiences in the first of a four part series about Make-A-Wish Arizona.

Jun 24, 2016

After his wish, Darius finds a new best friend in his black lab, Lucky.

Darius finds a new best friend in his dog, Lucky

FOX 10

At 9-years-old, Darius has a brain tumor. When he found out he could receive a wish, all he wished for was a dog. Now, Darius has found a new best friend is his black lab, Lucky, after he was rescued by the Humane Society.

Apr 19, 2016

Hailey, 14, wishes to eat her way through Italy.

Hailey, 14, wishes to eat her way through Italy


Fourteen-year-old Hailey loves Italian food. But Hailey's love of pasta was taken away two years ago due to complications with her cystic fibrosis. The disorder also attacks her digestive tract, making it a day to day struggle on what she can and can't eat. Hailey, who is now on a 4,000 calorie-a-day diet, can't wait to try all kinds authentic Italian cuisine in Rome, Pompei and Venice!

Apr 06, 2016

2016 Jack in the Box Wish Star campaign raises $100,000

Jack in the Box raises $100,000 for Make-A-Wish Arizona

Business Wire

Thanks to the kindness and generosity of the Arizona community, Jack in the Box raised $100,000 last month for Make-A-Wish Arizona. The funds were raised through the sale of $1 Wish Stars for the third year in a row at more than 160 Jack in the Box restaurants in the Phoenix, Tucson, Lake Havasu City and Flagstaff areas throughout the month of March. The funds raised will grant 10 future wishes for Arizona children facing life-threatening medical conditions.

Apr 06, 2016

Yazy, 15, wished to meet Justin Bieber.

15-year-old Yazy's wish to meet Justin Bieber comes true

FOX 10

To wish kid Yazy, Justin Bieber is not just a musician; he is someone who completely changed her medical journey. Yazy was born blind, and spent many days in and out of the hospital throughout the years due to a genetic disorder. It was during her recent medical concerns that Yazy really found a love for Justin Bieber. His music gave her energy and hope during some of the most difficult times in her diagnosis and treatments, and made her feel better.

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2901 North 78th Street
Scottsdale, AZ 85251

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Plan your fundraiser for wish kids!

Make-A-Wish Arizona always loves new, creative ways to raise funds for future Arizona wish kids. 

Share with us your plans for a fundraiser to benefit Make-A-Wish Arizona by contacting Erin Mortensen, External Events Manager.

Whenever a group or individual is proposing to raise funds for our organization, our national office requires the completion of the Special Event Proposal and Licensing Agreement before you can associate Make-A-Wish with the event, so please contact the chapter to discuss your event idea. 

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