The Make-a-Wish Foundation in Arizona is an organization that is dedicated to granting the wishes of children suffering from life threatening medical conditions to “enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy”
Phoenix Arizona houses the national headquarters and the founding chapter which was brought into inception in 1980. In 1980 7-year-old Christopher James Greicius was undergoing treatment for leukemia. He expressed to his family that he had always wanted to be a police officer. Chistopher befriended U.S. customs officer Tommy Austin who worked with the Arizona Department of Public Safety to give Christopher a “day as a police officer.” Christopher donned a police uniform, rode in a police helicopter and became the first honorary DPS patrolman in Arizona history. Sadly, Greicius passed away shortly after but Tommy Austin’s act of kindness became inspiration to create the largest wish-granting organization in the world.
Today Make-A-Wish serves children in 47 countries on five continents through its 36 affiliates. Children who may be eligible to receive if they are referred by one of the following three sources, medical professionals treating the child, a parent or legal guardian, or the potential wish child. The child must be between the ages of 2 and under 18 at the time of the referral. After the child is referred his or her treating physician must determine whether the child is medically eligible to accept the wish.
As Make-a-Wish foundation is Arizona’s website states, “A ‘wish’ is a critically ill child’s answer to the question, “If you could have anything in the world, go anywhere, be or do anything…what would you choose? What would you do?’”