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Our Story

Wishes make life better for kids with life-threatening medical conditions. 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 life-threatening medical conditions.

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 Andrew wished to meet the people who helped him navigate the internet

10 News - Tampa, Florida

Blind teen visits Florida company that changed his life

January 04, 2017

Wish kid Alexis rings in the New Year

KSFY - Sioux Falls, South Dakota

Ringing in the New Year with a Wish

January 01, 2017

Wish kid Andi sang at the Peach Bowl

Bowl Game Lets Andi’s Musical Wish Come True

December 31, 2016

Wish kid Wyatt wished to help the homeless


Wish kid honored for helping the homeless

December 06, 2016

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