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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.

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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

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Wishes came true at Grammy Awards

January 29, 2018

Patient turned superhero saves his doctor

Cook Children’s Medical Center – Fort Worth

Patient turned superhero saves his doctor

January 21, 2018

Hawaiian teen visits NYC for NYE Celebration

FOX News

Hawaiian teen visits NYC for NYE Celebration

December 31, 2017

the Power of a Wish

Midroll Media

Make-A-Wish podcast miniseries

December 18, 2017

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