Many people are surprised to learn that our Founder and Executive Director was one of the few who pioneered the idea of wish fulfillment for seriously and terminally ill children. After losing her eldest daughter, Susan, to bone cancer, Linda Dozoretz became an active fundraiser supporting causes that searched for a cure for cancer. For her efforts, she was awarded a trip to Disneyland, which she gave to four-year old Theresa, who was also losing her battle with leukemia.
“If I could do this for one child, I could do it for many.” ~ Linda Dozoretz
Wishes for more children followed and her community showed support by becoming actively involved in these efforts. With a determination to bring happiness to seriously ill children around the world, Linda formed Children’s Wish Foundation International and continues to serve as the organization’s Executive Director.
Since its inception, Children’s Wish Foundation International has continued to expand its programs to enhance the lives of children with life threatening illnesses. Recognizing our families’ needs outside the scope of wish fulfillment, we stepped up our commitment to the children through the development of additional programs. At this stressful time of their lives, the Family Focus program offers a respite from the treatment schedules, doctors, and the hospitals. To help brighten each day while in the hospital, toys, games and crafts supplies are given to the children through the Hospital Enrichment program.
Children’s Wish Foundation International is dedicated to bringing joy to children with life-threatening illnesses around the world. We have created memorable experiences for children and families in more than 53 countries. Last year, your support allowed us to touch the lives of over 300,000 children.