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Make-A-Wish provides opportunities for ill children

Andrea Hoffman

April 24, 2019

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501 non-profit organization founded in the United States that arranges experiences described as "wishes" to children diagnosed with critical illnesses.

The organization was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona and grants a wish every 34 minutes. A wish can be anything from wanting a puppy to visiting Disney World. The foundation grants the patient’s wishes in hopes to give them emotional and physical strength to help them fight their diagnosis

A person can contribute to this foundation by donating money, holding fundraisers, or being a national sponsor.  People can also volunteer to meet families at airports, deliver gifts, and help children come up with their wish.

When Ben Vander Griend was in second grade, he was granted his wish. He and his family traveled to Seattle, Washington and met Tony Hawk, a famous skateboarder.

Vander Griend stated, “After all the suffering I went through, it was nice to spend time with my family and have this experience. I think the Make-A-Wish foundation is a very cool thing and a great program.”

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