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2500 Wishes and Counting!

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Celebrating an extraordinary milestone

Since 2008, we’ve been changing the story of aging, one wish at a time.

“We’re out there trying to imagine a world where loved ones are always connected, where service is never forgotten, and where people are really empowered to age with joy and purpose.” –Tom Wagenlander, Vice President and Executive Director

Fifteen years later, we’re thrilled to celebrate that we’ve granted 2500 wishes!

What wish will be next?

Share a life-changing wish! Download our Wish Guide to learn how to submit your wish or nominate someone in your life.

Helen sings into microphone

wishes celebrating passions

From performing a solo and making art with friends to riding a Harley and recording a song in Nashville!

Wish recipient Pat operating bulldozer

lifelong dreams fulfilled

From skydiving and seeing the Statue of Liberty to driving a tractor and attending Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade!


loved ones reconnected

From meeting a great-granddaughter for the first time and reuniting best friends to reconnecting an estranged father with his son.

Lt. Col. James Harvey smiles broadly after receiving wish

commemorations of service

From receiving recognition as Veterans and visiting places with special histories to paying respect to those who’ve passed.

Our 2500th wish: Howard’s second act

Howard quietly came out in his 20s but lived most of his life feeling trapped by low self-esteem. But in his late 50s, he discovered theater and began to find confidence in himself with the support of his local community.

Howard’s newfound confidence has helped him fully express who he is at age 74—and take center stage on Broadway!

As we age, we can thrive. Do you know a wish story that would inspire others? Learn how to share it in our wish guide below.

“I grew up as an introvert with no guts, nothing. This [wish] has actually changed my life in a positive manner that I can be with people and not be afraid. No matter what happens in my life, I will only grow, and Wish of a Lifetime has added to that ability.”

— Howard, 74
2500th Wish Recipient

Help us grant more wishes

With 2500 wishes granted, we have helped older Americans reconnect with loved ones, fulfill lifelong dreams, commemorate service, and reignite their passions.

Help us continue granting wishes! Join our network and learn how to submit a wish in the guide below.

Join us in celebrating aging!

Together, we can grant more wishes to help older adults find new passions and connections that will help them to live more vibrant and purposeful lives.