About Make-A-Wish



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

Watch the video below to see how Make-A-Wish began with one child’s simple wish to be a police officer.

Every 34 minutes Make-A-Wish grants the wish of a child diagnosed with a critical illness in the United States and its territories.

We believe that a wish experience can be a game-changer. This one belief guides us in everything we do. It inspires us to grant wishes that change the lives of the kids we serve.

Make-A-Wish Central and Northern Florida began in 1994 with a 13 year old girl’s wish to meet Dolly Parton. Since then, we have granted over 7,000 wishes.  Our chapter covers 45 counties from Osceola up to the Panhandle. We have two offices – our main office in Maitland and a regional office in Jacksonville. All the money we raise stays locally to grant wishes of children in our communities. The average cost of a wish is $8,000. The whole family, including siblings, is a part of the wish, and the entire cost of the wish is completely covered. In Fiscal Year 2023, our chapter has a goal of granting 367 wishes.

Wishes typically fall into 4 categories – I wish to go, I wish to be, I wish to have, I wish to meet.

A wish come true empowers a child to fight harder against their illness. When they are granted a wish, they get more than just a great experience for a day, two days, or a week. A wish can have a transformative impact on the quality of life for the child and his or her entire family.  89% of medical professionals believe that a wish can positively influence a child’s physical health.

For more info, visit our website at www.cnfl.wish.org.