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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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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 15,000 wishes to children across the state with the support of 1,500 volunteers and numerous donors and other supporters.

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Latest Status Update

  • After experiencing the power of a wish in 1993, wish alum Janie has helped to shape Make-A-Wish Illinois' impact on countless wish children as a staff member. Now serving as the Alumni Manager, Janie is working to make sure wish alumni and their families continue to stay involved with Make-A-Wish. #HopeIsMedicine It isn't a last wish; it's an everlasting one. If you know a child with a critical illness who hasn't received a wish, do your part. Refer a child today at illinois.wish.org/refer.
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
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Chicago, IL 60654
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