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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 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

  • 8-year-old Jamontae has suffered from sickle cell disease since he was a baby. After being referred for a wish at La Rabida Children's Hospital, Jamontae wished to travel with his family to Walt Disney World... and eat all the ice cream he can eat at Give Kids The World! In honor of #SickleCellAwarenssDay, we teamed up with our friends at La Rabida to throw Jamontae a big party as he leaves for Disney World! Thank you to Senator Robert Peters for stopping by to celebrate Jamontae's upcoming wish.
Make-A-Wish® Illinois
640 North LaSalle Drive
Suite 280
Chicago, IL 60654
(312) 602-9474
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