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Our Story

Inspired to change the lives of children with life-threatening medical conditions in 1980, we continue to carry out this mission today.

Our mission

Our Mission

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

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Christopher, age 7, smiling in his official police uniform.

How it all started

Chris, 7, was diagnosed with leukemia. More than anything else, he wished to be a police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish ... and set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

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Wish kid Noella

How We Grant Wishes

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to create amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments.

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Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
Toll Free (800) 978-9474