Wish Granters was founded in 2010 to grant Wishes to adults 18 and older who have terminal illnesses and who live in Ada and Canyon counties.

We did our first Wish in December of 2010, and as of the time of this writing, we are heading toward 180 wishes completed with more coming in all the time.

Here is an example of what we work with every day and why your support is so critical. We received this letter from the husband of one of our future wish recipients:

If I ask for a wish...

Will she die? Have I been living in denial? Will she think I have given up on her? These are the questions that have kept me from asking.

On June 26th of 2010 my wife, the love of my life and the Mother of our 6yr old coughed up blood. A CT scan was taken and shortly after a biopsy of her lungs revealed she had stage IV Papillary Carcinoma. That's just the medical terminology for Thyroid Cancer that had spread to her lung and is incurable. Over the past four years she has endured multiple operations, Chemo Therapies and rounds of radiation. Regardless of the pain and suffering of treatment and side effects the cancer has continued to spread. First to her lungs, bones, scalp and most recently to her liver.

If there ever was a person who deserved to live out their dreams it is my wife. She has given her life to helping children with Autism and other developmental disabilities. In 1998 at the age of 32 she had earned a PhD, was the owner of a company that provided therapy to disabled children and had never put herself first. In 2012 her illness forced the closure of her company.

I met this wonderful woman in the winter of 1995 and from that moment I have spent my life trying give her the love she deserves. Though I have failed at so many things along the way she continues to pour out her heart in ways that are unexplainable. In 2004 she gave birth to our son and blessed me with the opportunity to be a father. Even when she can barely stand she still goes up stairs and reads to him, says bedtime prayers and lets him know she will always be with him even when she is gone. It breaks my heart to think of a life without her.

The single most reoccurring topic is how much she wants to see the Aurora Borealis (Northern Lights) as a family. To lay out among the stars with our son before she is to sick. I keep telling her we have plenty of time but I'm beginning to wonder. Will I wait till it's too late? What if I wait to write this request out of selfish reasons? Will I rob her of the chance??? I want to keep living thinking she can beat this.

I hope writing this is the correct thing to do. Thank you for reading my wish request.


We hope you will want to help these Dreams come true. Our biggest need is the funding to get the Wishes done as soon as possible. Time is not something the people we work with have a great deal of. Sometimes we may have months to complete Wishes; sometimes it is weeks; and in the case of emergency Wishes, we may only have days. The only way these Wishes can happen is if we have your support; as an individual or a business, we need you to make a donation of whatever amount you can. You can make that donation on this website or by mailing one to us.

Doug Raper
Founder/Executive Director
Wish Granters Inc.