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 7,900 children with a wide range of life-threatening medical conditions.

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 Mission

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.


Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles will fulfill a wish for any child who is over the age of 2 1/2 years and under 18 (at the time of referral) in Los Angeles County with a progressive, degenerative, or malignant life-threatening medical condition that has placed the child's life in jeopardy. After a child is referred to the foundation, the child's physician confirms that he or she is medically eligible to receive a wish and the wish granting process proceeds from there.

Make-A-Wish America

Make-A-Wish is the nation's largest wish-granting organization. It has fulfilled the wishes of more than 225,000 children in the United States and its territories since 1980. Based in Phoenix, the Make-A-Wish Foundation serves every community in the United States, Guam and Puerto Rico through its 62 chapters.


The American Parkinson Disease Association, Inc. was founded in 1961 to "ease the burden and find a cure" for Parkinson's disease. Headquartered in New York, the organization focuses its energies on research, patient services, education and raising public awareness about the disease. APDA supports nine Centers for Advanced Research, 52 regional Information and Referral (I&R) Centers, 45 chapters, and 250 affiliated support groups nationwide. Each year, the APDA Scientific Advisory Board reviews grant applications, and submits recommendations, for funding researchers whose work shows promise for making scientific breakthroughs or for finding improved treatments for Parkinson's disease.

The American Parkinson Disease Association counts on your participation in our awareness and fundraising events across the country.  Show your support by attending an event in your area or simply make a donation now.  Your contributions help us achieve our mission to "Ease the Burden - Find the Cure" by funding:

  • Vital Parkinson's disease research on issues such as the influence of heredity, the role of environmental forces and the presence of gene mutation in the cause of PD.

  • Career development for some of the most brilliant scientists in the field of PD research.

  • A national network of chapters and Information & Referrral Centers offering education and support services to people with PD, their caregivers and family members.