No child should ever have to endure the struggle and pain that come with battling a life-threatening illness. Giving back to these children, what their illness has taken away – laughter, hope, strength and joy, is our sole purpose at the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Utah.
Whether it’s four-year old Brendan shaking hands with Barry Bonds at AT&T Park, 10-year old Chantrill having her bedroom made over or 12-year old Tanner working to train his dog, Gus - a wish gives each child a chance to forget the doctors, the treatments and the hospital stays.
We hope you will join us - whether as a volunteer, a contributor, or both - in helping us to continue creating our special brand of magic as we share the power of a wish®.
Founded in 1985, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family.
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Fittingly, perhaps, the first Utah wishes involved the snow. Four-year-old Stephanie lived in Fort Lauderdale. She had bone cancer. Her best friend Alison moved to Park City, Utah, in 1983 and told Stephanie all about her new world of ice and mountains. Stephanie wished to visit Utah to see Alison again and “to taste the snow.” That was her wish, the first wish ever granted in Utah. Read more…
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah was founded in 1985.
We currently have 280 active volunteers and welcome other interested individuals.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Utah will granted our 2,500th wish in 2010. Nationally, the
Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than 180,000 wishes since 1980.
Wish referrals are coming in faster than the funds needed to support them.