Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old with leukemia, desired to become a police officer. On April 29,1980, his wish was granted.
The Arizona Department of Public Safety granted his wish with a badge, a uniform and a Smokey Bear hat. One officer brought his patrol car, another brought his motorcycle. Chris became the first and only honorary DPS officer in the state of Arizona. Chris’s wish would inspire an organization that would grant hundreds of thousands to wishes of children with critical illnesses.
Make-A-Wish celebrates World Wish Day every year on April 29 to recognize not only the community that came together to grant Chris’s wish and founded an organization that would change lives forever, but the thousands of other communities, donors and volunteers around the world that have helped children’s wishes come true over the past three decades. Each wish that is granted brings hope, strength and joy to the child, family and community.
This World Wish Day, John Cena—a WWE wrestler who broke a record of granting over 500 wishes— reminds us that “it takes more than magic, it takes muscle” to grant the wish of every wish child. Currently, Make-A-Wish is only able wishes to 1 of every 2 wish children. However, your skills, time or money can transform the life of a child with a critical illness.
Click the photo to learn more about the wishes we’re hoping to grant with your help this April by visiting Ari, Jaeden, and Grayson’s wish funding pages below.
Don’t forget, you can help by volunteering, contributing financially, donating frequent flier miles, or remembering Make-A-Wish Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana in your planned giving.