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Our Story

Wishes make life better for kids with critical illnesses. This simple, but powerful belief inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish® and drives everything we do.

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
Our mission

Our Mission

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling critical illnesses.

David A. Williams, President & Chief Executive Officer

From the President

Make-A-Wish is committed to an audacious vision of granting the wish of every eligible child ...

In the News & Blogs

the Power of a Wish

Midroll Media

Make-A-Wish podcast miniseries

December 18, 2017


CBS 58 News - Milwaukee

Absolutely beautiful: 12-year-old’s trip of a lifetime

November 14, 2017

Wish kid Sawyer with a chicken

KEPR-TV – Pasco, Wash.

Three-year-old’s wish takes roost

October 28, 2017

Wish kid Anna

WPTV – West Palm Beach, Fla.

Anna becomes a mermaid newscaster

October 09, 2017

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