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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 Nathan went on a trip of a lifetime

CBS 58 News - Milwaukee

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

July 26, 2017

Andrew became an honorary Coast Guard rescue swimmer

The Columbian - Vancouver, WA

Woodland boy is Coast Guard rescue swimmer

July 11, 2017

Alana singing into the microphone

104.3 MyFM – Los Angeles

Alana's song receives worldwide premiere

June 26, 2017

Wish kid Grace receives a puppy

NBC 5 News – Vermont

Child cancer survivor receives a puppy

June 11, 2017

Read more in the news and blogs