Founded in 2008 by two-time Olympic skier, World Cup gold medalist, entrepreneur, and former NFL football player Jeremy Bloom in living honor of his grandmother, Wish of a Lifetime has made over 1000 Wishes come true for older adults in all 50 states and the District of Columbia. The organization aims to create a positive shift in the way society views and values aging by sharing the stories of its inspiring Wish recipients with those of all generations. After experiencing a wish, 93 percent of Wish recipients stated they felt their quality of life improved and 76 percent said they felt their overall health improved.
Mission and Vision
Our mission is to shift the way society views and values our oldest generations by fulfilling older adults’ dreams and sharing their stories to inspire those of all ages.
We envision a world in which society embraces aging and the inherent wisdom that accompanies it, where older adults are celebrated for their accomplishments and sacrifices, and where intergenerational connections are part of our daily lives.
The Wish Process
Wishes are submitted by nominators or older adult applicants via our online or mail-in form. They are received by our Wish Fulfillment staff in Denver, who screen the applications based on our qualification criteria.
Wish Fulfillment staff call out to the nominators and the older adult applicant to conduct a phone or in-person interview about the individual and the meaning behind their wish. They write up a report which is sent to our Validation Committee for their weekly review of Wishes.
A volunteer committee reviews each Wish report, and makes a recommendation to the staff about which Wishes should be fulfilled. The staff reviews the recommendations and makes the final determination.
Once a Wish has passed through Validation, our team of skilled Wish-granters in Denver work with the Wish recipient, their nominator, family and friends, to plan the best experience possible. This planning phase could take anywhere from two weeks to a year, depending on the type of Wish requested.
Wish Granted! When appropriate, we involve the community and media in celebrating the Wish and the older adult. This could mean a send-off at the airport, a celebration during the Wish, or news interviews with the Wish recipient. Involving the community in fulfilling a Wish is an important part of spreading our mission and honoring the older adults we serve.