Make a Wish is a foundation that grants wishes to children that have a life-threatening medical condition. Their mission is to help strengthen and inspire children battling through these medical conditions. The foundation was created in 1980 when one wish was granted and today almost 226,000 wishes have been fulfilled. Its goal is to grant a wish to every eligible child. This foundation was inspired by one boy’s wish to be a policeman.
A U.S. Customs agent had a friend name Linda with a small son named Chris Greicius who was dying of leukemia. He explained to another officer named Ron Cox the situation with the boy and how he felt powerless to help the dying child. The little boy had always wanted to be a police officer so Cox went back and conveyed the sad story. The Arizona Department of Safety arranged a helicopter to pick up Chris at the hospital in Illinois and take him to a police headquarters. The DPS made Chris an official police officer with uniform and badges. Chris was so happy that his life dream was being filled. The next day Chris passes away and the DPS staff are deeply saddened. The officers return to his funeral and the news media spreads the word about how they fulfilled a boys dream and groups of people talk about fulfilling other wishes. This was the story that inspired the Make A Wish Foundation.
In 1982 NBC does a news story about how a small charity group are granting wishes to children fighting for their lives. The story aired on national television and millions of viewers were touched and called in to donate or to be a part of this group. The group is overwhelmed by the enthusiasm and support. The foundation has now become a reality.
On the average in 2013 the foundation grants a wish to a child every 38 minutes. Some of the huge donors of Make A Wish are RCCL, Walt Disney, Macy’s, and United Health Group. They donate between one and five million dollars a year. An individual can help by donating money online, donating airline...