Make-A-Wish® Mississippi was founded in 1984 in memory of a little girl who lived in Gulfport. After she was diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition, a group of caring individuals raised funds to send her, alone with her mother and grandmother, to Walt Disney World® Resort.
The family and others, moved by the generosity of those who contributed their time and money, felt compelled to reach out to other families facing similar circumstances.
Make-A-Wish Mississippi is currently granting over 100 wishes per year. Make-A-Wish Mississippi grants wishes to children residing in the 65 southernmost counties of the state. The Mid-South Chapter grants the wishes of the children residing in the other 17 counties.