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The Make-A-Wish® Story

Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Find out how his wish to be a police officer set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

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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How We Grant Wishes

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next and creates amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families.

Local & Global Structure

Local & Global Structure

Make-A-Wish® is one united family, but also a collection of independently chartered nonprofits committed to a shared vision and mission.

Our mission

Our Mission

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

Latest Status Update

  • It takes an entire community to help make a Wish happen! Kaiden's Wish took the work of many and we'd like to thank Kate King from F.W. Webb Company, The Royal Group, Elizabeth Brody Architecture, Nancy Cristelli from Carpet Warehouse, Inc., Michael Moore, Bob Williams of Williams Hardware, Rich Gaitti, and Eric Silver at The Home Depot! Kaiden is pictured with his wonderful Wish Granters, Pam Seegraber and Sue Rogers! #thankyouthursday

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