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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


CBS 58 News - Milwaukee

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

November 14, 2017


TV6 - Davenport, Iowa

Virginia boy travels to Iowa for his tractor wish

September 15, 2017

Miss America Cara Mund with wish kid

KVRR - Fargo

Miss America devotes time to Make-A-Wish

September 11, 2017


CBS13 - Sacramento

Leukemia patient wishes to visit playground

September 05, 2017

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