Little Wishes™

Since 2003, Little Wishes™ has helped seriously ill, hospitalized children from losing their identity to illness by tapping into their passions. A non-profit founded by two pediatric oncology nurses, Little Wishes™ encourages even the tiniest of patients to identify what makes them happy and wish for something that will fill their hearts and brighten their darkest days.

Each wish, no matter how simple – a princess dress, Spiderman figurine, book or a musical instrument – makes a huge difference by providing a welcome diversion and easing the discomfort of long hospitalizations and painful treatments.

All wishes are granted in the hospital and are often delivered with fanfare and song by hospital staff to celebrate the patient and build a supportive community. Nine-year-old cancer warrior Ryker said it best: “Little Wishes gives you that ‘we can get through this feeling’,” upon receiving his wish of a crab leg dinner to curb his chemo craving.

What makes our program unique (and why we keep the wishes little) is that a qualified child may make another wish 14 days after receiving a first wish and every 14 days thereafter!  Little Wishes™ offers meaningful support to children who endure frequent hospitalizations or who have been in the hospital for weeks, months and even years.

Little Wishes is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

Federal tax ID 52-2386886

Founders Laura Euphrat, RN, BSN (left) and Joanne Davantes, RN, BSN (right) with cancer warrior Jordan on his birthday

Our Inspiration

In the summer of 2002, a sweet, 8-year-old, San Francisco Giants fan named Josh was diagnosed with a rare, aggressive type of liver cancer.

The littlest of things brought great happiness to Josh during his most difficult and painful days in the hospital. The spontaneous visits from staff and the Giants pennants that they tacked up in his room made him smile. Even a simple trip to the hospital gift shop in his wheelchair hooked up to his oxygen tank, to eye the candy, was a great adventure and distraction for him. Josh showed us that it is often a kind gesture, a simple “little wish,” that can bring joy to a hospitalized child.

Laura Euphrat and Joanne Davantes, two of Josh’s nurses, founded Little Wishes™ in his memory with the goal of bringing smiles to the faces of hospitalized children like Josh.