Make-A-Wish Colorado

A nonprofit organization

$169,892 raised by 470 donors

100% complete

$150,000 Goal

Make-A-Wish Colorado creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We're on a quest to grant the wish of every eligible child because research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness.

Between now and December 6, your Colorado Gives Day donation will be MATCHED, dollar-for-dollar, up to $50,000 thanks to the Bender West Foundation.

From Our Wish Families:

"We have had an incredibly hard two years fighting cancer and amputation with our son. The wish was always something that we were looking forward to while fighting. There were such hard times where my son was so sick. We just focused on his upcoming wish and it motivated him to keep fighting through it all. The actual wish trip was everything we had hoped it could be and more and we will always be grateful to Make-A-Wish. Thank you so very much." - Chris, Wish Mom

"Our family had an amazing experience and Ian was overjoyed the entire time. Our family desperately needed this time away and the experience was one that we will never forget." - Cory, Wish Dad

"Traveling is hard with a 'sick' kid, especially with the bills that come along with it. Our older two children have had to miss out on some things because our focus had to be on our youngest child at the time or financially it didn't make sense. With MicKeigh's wish, not only can we take trips that keep us close to home and her doctors, we can also share that with her older two siblings too. They all share a bond that is unmatched and I'm so glad they can all experience this together." - Kathryn, Wish Mom

"Looking forward to the wish trip was the push Norah needed. The chance to be the one that everything was about made Norah feel so special. It made up for all the family time we've missed this year because of hospital stays." - Jessica, Wish Mom


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

Background Statement

Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Colorado has enriched the lives of children with critical illnesses. Wishes have a life-changing impact on children, families, referral sources, donors, sponsors and entire communities.

Make-A-Wish Colorado is an affiliate of the largest wish-granting organization in the world. There are 60 Make-A-Wish chapters located throughout the U.S. and 39 International Make-A-Wish affiliates located on five continents. Since its inception in 1980, more than 315,000 wishes have been granted, with a wish being granted every 34 minutes somewhere in the world.

To qualify for a wish, the child must be older than 2.5 years old and younger than 18 (at the time of referral) and must not have received a wish from another wish-granting organization. A child can be referred to Make-A-Wish by a parent or guardian, a medical professional or by the child. Following referral, a physician must certify that the child has a life-threatening medical condition. There are no other qualifications based on sex, race, religion, socioeconomic status or any other demographic category.

Children's wishes typically fall into four categories: I Wish To Be, I Wish To Meet, I Wish To Have or I Wish To Go.

The Make-A-Wish mission and message are about the life-affirming, hope-giving aspects of the wish experience. We never use the words "terminal" or "dying" to refer to a wish child, nor do we unduly emphasize a child's illness, medical treatment or death.

Organization Data


Organization name

Make-A-Wish Colorado

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Human Services, Health Care


7951 E. Maplewood Avenue Suite 126
Greenwood Village, CO 80111

Service areas

Arapahoe County, CO, US





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