April 29th celebrates the first wish that inspired the creation of The Make-A-Wish Foundation. Today is a global celebration of the day that sparked a wish granting movement to children with life-threatening medical conditions around the world. 

It all started in 1980, a group of caring volunteers helped seven-year-old Chris Greicius fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer.  His mother, several friends and a group of police officers, with the cooperation of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, granted his wish with a custom-made uniform, helmet, badge, and helicopter ride. That one wish inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish.

Make-A-Wish has become one of the world’s leading children charities. According to their website, nearly 14,000 life-changing wises are granted each year and about one wish every 38 minutes. These wish experiences can be pivot points in the course of a child’s treatment, making them feel better and in some cases, even helping them better. The wish strengthens families, provides moments of happiness and inspiration, and helps create strong community bonds. With the help of generous donors and over 30,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 334,000 wishes worldwide.

With World Wish Day, Make-A-Wish hopes to raise the awareness and funds for children with life-threatening medical conditions and their families.

Events have taken place across the country throughout during the month of April, including special wish reveals, festivities at local children’s hospitals and celebratory events that bring together wish kids, volunteers and supporters. 

To help make more wishes come true can help by spreading the word using social media sites, refer a child they may know, or people can make a one-time donation by clicking here or to donate $10 text WISH to 80088 to MAKE-A-WISH