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The Make-A-Wish Story

Christopher, age 7, smiling in his official police uniform.

How it all started

Chris, 7, was diagnosed with leukemia. More than anything else, he wished to be a police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish ... and set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

Read more about Chris Greicius
Wish kid Noella

How We Grant Wishes

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next and creates amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families.

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Local & Global Structure

Make-A-Wish® is one united family, but also a collection of independently chartered nonprofits committed to a shared vision and mission.

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Latest Status Update

  • Today is World Wish Day – a day to celebrate Chris Greicius’ wish. His wish to be a policeman, granted on this day in 1980, inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish. Since that time, Make-A-Wish supporters have granted more than 415,000 wishes worldwide. Whether you donate, volunteer or refer kids for wishes, you turn imagination and vision into an experience that changes lives. Thank you for all you do. Join us in honoring our global community of supporters by thanking them or sharing your own story below! http://a.wish.org/worldwishday1

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