When children are battling a critical illness, so much of their normal childhood is taken away from them — it is exhausting, both emotionally and physically. A wish is something that gives children the opportunity to look outside their illness — it restores a sense of childhood back to the child and normalcy back to the family.
The creation of Make-A-Wish was inspired in the U.S. in 1980 by the fulfillment of a wish of a 7-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius, who wished to be a policeman. His mother, several friends and a group of police officers, with the cooperation of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, granted his wish with a custom-made uniform, helmet, badge, and helicopter ride!
We are a global force, with local impact. Our focus are children fighting critical illnesses, wherever they are.
We depend on the help of people like you. This is why we are asking you to pledge your support and believe in the power of wishes!
Thanks to people like you we are able to help grant 30,000 wishes every year globally. That is a LOT of happiness and hope spread across the world!