About Children's Wish Foundation International

"A Dream is a wish your heart makes." - Cinderella 

Children’s Wish Foundation International is a non-profit, wish fulfilling organization founded on the premise that seriously ill children deserve the experience of a lifetime. 

FROM OUR FOUNDER

My name is Linda Dozoretz, and I like to think of myself as a Fairy Godmother, here to fulfill the wishes of terminally ill children.

But I can’t fly in and make the magic happen on my own—to make dreams come true, I need help—and that comes in the form of this foundation.

We are Children’s Wish Foundation International. And we measure our success in smiles.

As the Founder and Executive Director of Children’s Wish, I helped pioneer the idea of wish fulfillment for seriously and terminally ill children. After losing my eldest daughter, Susan, to bone cancer, I became an active fundraiser supporting causes that searched for a cure for cancer. For my efforts, I was awarded a trip to Disneyland, which I gave to four-year old Theresa, who was losing her battle with leukemia.

Soon after, wishes for more children followed, and my community showed support by becoming actively involved in these efforts. With a determination to bring happiness to seriously ill children around the world, Children’s Wish Foundation International was fully formed, and I continue to serve as the organization’s President.

Since its inception, Children’s Wish Foundation International has continued to expand our 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 these 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. And 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 around the world.

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“If I could do this for one child, I could do it for many.”

Linda Dozoretz

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Our Mission

Children’s Wish Foundation International is a non-profit, wish fulfilling organization founded on the premise that seriously ill children, regardless of race, nationality, religion, or economic status, are not able to experience a normal, carefree childhood.

For these children, Children’s Wish Foundation International provides them with the experience of a lifetime—in the form of a favorite wish.

Children’s Wish Foundation will fulfill a wish for any child having a limited life expectancy with medical science as we know it today. Each wish will be complete while the child is healthy enough to fully enjoy it. The immediate family is included in the wish-fulfillment so that the child and family can share in the experience and create happy memories together.

Children’s Wish Foundation International is committed to making a child’s wish come true and will ensure that every project, event and contribution will be directly connected with our mission.
We focus on unique experiences for each unique child.

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"Because every child is special, we will do our best to fulfill this wish uniquely, and when the child is healthy enough to enjoy it."

Our Promise

Children’s Wish Foundation International, Inc, involves people from three groups: Our Wish Children, Our Wish Families, and our Supporters. To each of these, we make a promise:

To our Wish Children: We promise the wish we fulfill for you will be your dream—an experience you desire most in the world, whether it be a toy, a party, a trip, a meeting with a famous person or whatever may be most important to you. Because every child is special, we will do our best to fulfill this wish uniquely, and when the child is healthy enough to enjoy it. We ask nothing in return but that during your wish, you create happy memories that will last forever. 

To Our Wish Families: We understand that you wish for your child’s health and happiness. We will fulfill one of these wishes—to give your child happiness that will last for a lifetime. We promise that we will include your entire immediate family in the wish experience, providing memories to cherish forever. 

To Our Supporters: We promise that your time, energy, expertise and contributions will be repaid many times over in the joy you bring to our special children. Because you give of yourself, we offer you our sincere thanks for caring.

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