Today’s foundation is perhaps one of the most famous and well-known in the country. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit that grants “wishes” to children suffering from medical conditions that are terminal or life threatening. To have a wish granted, the child must be between the ages of three and seventeen.
Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 and came to be because of seven-year-old Christopher James Greicius. Greicius was suffering from leukemia and aspired to become a police officer. Thanks to the efforts of officers at the Arizona Department of Public Safety, Greicius was able to spend a day fulfilling his dream of becoming a police officer, going so far as to become Arizona’s first honorary Public Safety patrolman. Greicius passed away in 1980 shortly after his wish was fulfilled, but it served as the inspiration behind the founding of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
Many celebrities have contributed their time to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Professional wrestler John Cena currently holds the record for the largest amount of wish fulfillment, having granted over 500 wishes. Singer Justin Bieber has also granted over 250 wishes.
For more information on the Make-A-Wish Foundation, visit http://wish.org/.
This foundation featured on The Jills Giving is one of the many unique foundations supported by The Jills team which includes Jill Eber, Jill Hertzberg, Hillary Hertzberg, Danny Hertzberg, and Felise Eber. The Jills team strongly believes in giving back and we encourage you to visit The Jills Giving website to learn more about the various foundations we support as well as a little bit about the team.