We do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Max, Amirtha, Jessie Anderson, Shane Bernier, Matt Dawson, Chad Briody, Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, Anthony Hebrank, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Craig Sheldon, Craig Shelford, Craig Shelton, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shergold, Bryan Warner and Kayla Wightman.
New holiday chain message about "Max" not affiliated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation:
A new chain message being circulated suggests that a boy named Max recently wished to receive a million Christmas cards. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is NOT affiliated with the alleged request in any way, shape or form. We have checked with the hospital, where, according to some posts and emails, Max is supposedly being treated. They have informed us that they have no such patient.
If you receive a chain letter claiming ties to Make-A-Wish, please:
- Inform the sender that Make-A-Wish does not participate in chain letter wishes.
- Refer the sender and all recipients to this page.
- Do not forward the chain letter.
- Refer senders to ways they can help, such as referring a child, making a donation, donating their time and talents, or donating treasures.
Only one of these requests is based in fact: In 1989, a then-9-year-old boy named Craig Shergold wanted to be recorded in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for receiving the most greeting cards. His wish was fulfilled in 1990 by another wish-granting organization not associated with Make-A-Wish. He received more than 16 million cards. Craig is now a healthy adult, and he has requested an end to the mail. Mail that is received is forwarded to a recycling center.
The time and expense required to respond to these inquiries distracts Make-A-Wish from its efforts on behalf of children with life-threatening medical conditions and, more importantly, can divulge information that is potentially harmful to a child and his or her family.