We grant wishes for children between 3-17 years of age who have a life-threatening medical condition. Our goal is to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
Who We Are
- Make-A-Wish® was founded in Phoenix Arizona in 1980.
- We belong to the largest wish-granting organization in the world with 37 affiliates on 5 continents in over 46 countries and have granted over 350,000 wishes collectively since 1980.
- Today we are granting an average of 20 - 25 wishes per month across Canada
- Volunteers are the largest component of MAWBC & YK with over 150 active volunteers
- For every dollar donated to Make-A-Wish, more than 84% goes toward wish granting
How it all Began
- The inspiration for Make-A-Wish was a wish granted in 1980 to seven-year-old Christopher Greicius by members of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Christopher who had leukemia, wished to become a police officer.
- In the fall of 1983, Make-A-Wish BC & Yukon granted the first wish in Canada to Debbie, aged 13, suffering from leukemia. Debbie chose to go to Germany with her father and brother to see her grandparents.
Make-A-Wish Canada History
- 1983: Make-A-Wish is established with a chapter in British Columbia.
- 1986: Southwestern Ontario Chapter established in London, Ont.
- 1992: Make-A-Wish Canada, the national governing body and Make-A-Wish® International established.
- 1993-2000: Establishment of five new chapters in Canada - Toronto and Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta.
- 2001: Establishment of new chapters in Quebec and Atlantic Provinces (serving Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland).
Unique Features of Make-A-Wish
- We ensure the wish is very personal, involves the family and is free from financial worries.
- Make-A-Wish encourages the entire family to be a part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magical moments just as much as the wish child.
- We do not receive government funding but rely on donations from individuals, corporations, grants and bequests to support our wish granting activities.
- We do not participate in chain letters, door-to-door solicitations, or telemarketing.
- We do not solicit wishes. Wishes are referred to us through the medical community or the child's relatives.
- We do not embark on "group" wishes. All wishes are individual and based on the child's chosen wish.