photos by Trevor Stolebarger

Carlsbad Youth Gets His Wish

x_reagan3Alocal 14-year-old Carlsbad resident named Reagan recently saw his wish for an organic backyard makeover come true thanks to local community support and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Reagan has many dietary restrictions due to Crohn’s Disease but will now be able to grow his own organic fruit and vegetables and enjoy a peaceful garden setting in his own backyard. Over 50 community volunteers and generous donors from local landscape organizations contributed over 300 hours of manpower to create the backyard oasis that includes raised organic garden beds, a composter, tower plant garden and fruit trees, drought-resistant ground cover and landscape, and a custom-built koi pond and fountain. Reagan helped to design the garden himself, but didn’t see the final product until he returned home from his wish day at Balboa Park, where he was able to enjoy the botanical gardens. When asked about the results of his garden design Reagan said, “It exceeded my expectations!” His mom added, “It was the best day of our lives.”


Make-A-Wish San Diego enriches the human experience with hope, strength, and joy by granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions in San Diego and Imperial Counties. The goal is to come into a child’s life during a difficult time and provide a much-needed break from the daily challenges they face. Since its inception in 1983, the San Diego chapter has granted nearly 3,500 wishes for local children. For more information call 858-707-9474 or visit