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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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Since 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 14,000 wishes to children across the state with the support of 1,700 volunteers and numerous donors and other supporters.

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  • 4,600 children are diagnosed every year with a brain tumor, and it is a diagnosis that can make days seem pretty grey. When Donovan was diagnosed with a brain tumor in 2014, his wish helped to brighten his days again: he wished to be the star of his own movie as a ninja superhero! To commemorate Brain Tumor Awareness Month, grab some popcorn and watch "The Legend of ECHO."
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