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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.

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 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


PR Newswire

Make-A-Wish® Announces New CEO

October 17, 2018

Mermaids keep Naomi strong

CBS 12 – Boca Raton, Fla.

Mermaids keep Naomi strong

July 21, 2018

Celebrating life with his community

FOX 61 – Hartford, Conn.

Celebrating Life With His Community

July 06, 2018


PR Newswire

Make-A-Wish® America CEO Announces Succession Plan

June 12, 2018

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