It started in 1980 with a 7-year-old boy with leukemia who wished to “catch bad guys” with the police. Chris Greicius’ wish to be a police officer started a worldwide movement that has a unique mission: we grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Today, almost 35 years later, Make-A-Wish Arizona grants more than 320 wishes each year in Arizona. It does so thanks to the dedication of volunteers and the generosity of donors, both individuals and corporate. Each wish is a personal and inspirational experience, from Abriel’s wish to meet the University of Hawaii cheerleaders to forget her many surgeries for bone cancer to a Logan’s wish to have a playground built in his neighborhood as a final triumph in his fight against a life-threatening infection. Some wishes, like Ezra’s wish to be Batman no matter his cancer, make big heroes out of little heroes. Other wishes are more tangible, like Kaila’s wish to have a special sanctuary in her home for when her life-threatening seizure disorder has her down. No wish is the same. Every wish has impact.
Make-A-Wish Arizona started with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, made possible by a few incredible people. Today, we ask for your help in making future Arizona wishes come true. There are many ways to help, from a donation of dollars to a donation of unused or about to expire airline miles.
Your donation will help make future wishes, like Chris’ wish, come true for Arizona children with life-threatening medical conditions.
Elizabeth R. Reich, Owner at Hanalei Bay Resort