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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

Wish kid Collin

CBS 8 – San Diego

Heart patient visits the doctors who saved his life

March 27, 2018

Dr. Jen Pratt

Babble

Wish kid grows up to become doctor

March 27, 2018

Wish kid Scarlett

CBS 4 – Denver

High school students grant
girl’s wish

February 21, 2018

Wish Kid Anooj

KOMO - Seattle

“Total Microsoft kid” travels
to Redmond

February 12, 2018

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