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Julia's Wish to Give, Teenager diagnosed with Cancer uses her "Make a Wish" to give to Community with Habit for Humanity

Jun 23, 2016 01:37AM ● By Paul Spear


June 22, 2016                                                                                                  



Local Teenager asks Make-A-Wish® and Habitat for Humanity 
to Help Her Give Back to Her Community

Julia Wishes to Give

SAN MARCOS, CA – Seventeen year-old Julia is an exceptional teenager with one wish – to give back to her community.  What makes this request so special is that Julia could have wished to go anywhere, to meet anyone, or to have anything her heart desired; Julia chose to give - to use her wish, granted by Make-A-Wish, to create lasting, life-changing impact for local families through Habitat for Humanity.

A senior at Mission Hills High School in San Marcos, Julia plays on the varsity volleyball team, and has been named MVP two years in a row.  She visited the Dominican Republic last summer to build homes for families in need, and was immediately hooked on giving back.  She had plans to make a similar trip again this year, but, in November, was diagnosed with cancer that keeps her close to home for treatment.

Make-A-Wish and Habitat for Humanity are coming together to make this inspiring young girl’s wish come true.  Habitat has created a unique build experience for Julia’s friends and family, where they will frame a Habitat home and build playhouses for children in need. 

“We are truly humbled and inspired by Julia and her wish to give.” Said San Diego Habitat for Humanity President and CEO, Lori Holt Pfeiler.  “She has such a generous spirit, and it makes us all want to give even more.”

When asked about what moved her to make this wish, Julia responded, “I just want to help as many people as possible.”

If you’d like to support Julia in her wish, please visit to send her a message of strength and encouragement

Build Event Media Opportunities

·       Friday, June 24th | 4pm – 8pm

·       Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints | 1250 Borden Road, San Marcos

·       Interview Opportunities:

            Julia’s parents, Peter and Lisa

            Habitat volunteers/Julia’s friends and family who are building in support of Julia’s Wish to Give

            Habitat for Humanity President and CEO

            Make-A-Wish Representative

            Please note that, due to her medical condition, Julia will not be granting interviews.


Video and still photography of the event can be provided upon request.


About San Diego Habitat for Humanity

San Diego Habitat for Humanity Inc. (SDHFH), the local affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a nonprofit organization that builds and repairs homes for local hardworking families in need.  Habitat partner families are selected on the basis of housing need, willingness to partner with Habitat and ability to repay an affordable mortgage loan.


Habitat for Humanity exists through volunteer labor and contributions of money, land and materials, including purchases and donations to the ReStore, SDHFH’s discount home improvement retail center. For more information, visit or call 619-283-HOME (4663).

About Make-A-Wish San Diego

Make-A-Wish San Diego grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1983, the San Diego chapter has granted more than 3,600 wishes to children in our community. In the coming year, the organization anticipates granting over 200 wishes for children in our community, and hosting over 250 wish kids from other states to grant their wish in San Diego. At Make-A-Wish, the goal is simple: to come into a child’s life during a difficult time and provide hope and a much-needed break from the daily challenges they are forced to face. For more information about Make-A-Wish San Diego, visit us online at or call us at (858) 707-9474.



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