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Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties

Founded in 1985, Make-A-Wish Tri-Counties has granted the wishes of more than 1,200 local children.

When pilots on Jon’s flight to the destination of his dreams learned that there was a wish child on board, the Jensen’s were given first class seats. Jon and his two brothers especially enjoyed drinking orange juice in real glasses. Jon also was invited to see the cockpit.

John and Linda Jensen of Camarillo cherished the opportunity to spend time at the Kennedy Space Center with their son Jon, who was battling Neuroblastoma. The trip had been made possible by the Make-A-Wish Foundation® of Greater Los Angeles. Shortly after Jon lost his battle to the disease, the Jensens gathered several individuals to establish a local chapter that would serve children with life-threatening medical conditions in Ventura, Santa Barbara and San Luis Obispo counties.

Make-A-Wish® America

Make-A-Wish is one united family. But it’s also a collection of independently chartered nonprofit organizations that stand committed to a shared vision and mission.

The Make-A-Wish national office is based in Phoenix, where the organization was established in 1980. It establishes guidelines for wish-granting standards, raises funds at a national level, provides legal support, develops strategies to advance awareness and establishes the overall direction for the organization.

Chapters throughout the United States serve every community across the nation and its territories. Each has its own board of directors, staff and volunteers. Chapters are the force bringing the Make-A-Wish mission to life. For most wishes, it is local staff members and volunteers who meet wish kids and their families, are told of the child’s one true wish, and devote their energy to make each wish come true.

The Make-A-Wish mission is too inspiring for just one country. Today, Make-A-Wish International, also based in Phoenix, is the hub for wish-granting activities in nearly 50 countries, outside of the United States, on five continents and counting. Affiliates in each country bring the mission to life in communities around the globe.

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Make-A-Wish® Tri-Counties
4001 Mission Oaks Blvd.
Suite F
Camarillo, CA 93012
(805) 676-9474