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World Wish Day

Reaching Every Eligible Child

World Wish Day

As we remember the wish that started it all, we ask you to think about what you can do to help make sure that every eligible child has the opportunity to experience the hope and optimism a wish can bring into their lives. Wishes change lives and give children diagnosed with critical illnesses an edge in coping with their conditions. Get inspired this World Wish Day and learn how sharing your story can help make wishes come true for future wish children.

Wish Reunions

Show Your Strength

 Wishes have the power to build healing and resilience. We invite you to join Make-A-Wish Illinois and Show Your Strength: strength of your child, family, and community. As the world is celebrating World Wish Day globally, come together locally to be a part of the magic, and muscle, of Make-A-Wish. Wish alumni families, volunteers, medical professionals, and supporters are welcome at these free reunion events. Attendees can also learn ways to ensure every eligible child gets a wish of their own.

For more information or to sponsor an event in your area, contact the Alumni Manager, Justin Aaron, at or 312.602.9465.

Saturday, April 21
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dave & Buster's
Orland Park
Registration for Orland Park Event is Closed

Sunday, April 22
12 to 3 p.m.
Carlson Ice Arena & Sapora Playworld
Registration for Rockford Event is Closed

Saturday, April 28
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Edison's Entertainment
Registration for Edwardsville Event is Closed

Sunday, April 29
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Dave & Buster's Gold Coast
Registration for Chicago Event is Closed

Sunday, April 29
2 to 4 p.m.
ISU Bowling & Billiards Center
Register Here

Sunday, April 29
3 to 5 p.m.
Peoria Riverfront Museum
Register Here

Sunday, May 6
Noon to 2 p.m.
The Farmstand by Willow City Farm
Register Here

Saturday, May 5
9 a.m.
Walk for Wishes Champaign Area
West Side Park

Saturday, May 12
9 a.m.
Walk for Wishes Moline Area
Niabi Zoo
Coal Valley

June 2018
Buckin' for Wishes
Registration Coming Soon

World Wish Day is celebrated annually, marking the first wish ever granted. On April 29th, 1980 the community of Phoenix, AZ came together to make Chris Greicius’ wish of being a policeman come true. This day is a global celebration of the hope, strength and joy of a wish.

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