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About Us

Every year, nearly 1,200 children in Illinois are newly diagnosed with a life-threatening medical condition. Make-A-Wish® believes that wishes are an important part of the overall care and treatment of these children. Each wish offers the opportunity for a joyous, life-changing experience.

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Our Story

The Make-A-Wish® Story

How We Came to Be
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Our Chapter

Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 13,000 wishes to children across the state with the support of 1,400 volunteers and numerous donors and other supporters.

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Internship and employment opportunities at Make-A-Wish Illinois

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  • "The first time I was diagnosed, my best friend told me 'You can’t control the cards you are dealt, but you get to control how you play them.' Having cancer once was the last thing I could think of happening let alone having it twice, but I did and there was nothing I could do about that part. What I could do is stay positive and battle it my way. I was still going to do everything I had planned and think of cancer as just a bump in the road."
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
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Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
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