Published January 17, 2008
The Make a Wish Foundation was Established in 1980 as a non-profit corporation, the Foundation's inspiration was in the dreams of a little Phoenix boy with leukemia who wanted to be a policeman. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona is the founding chapter. There are currently 69 chapters in the U.S. and its territories and 27 international affiliates.
The mission of the Make-A-Wish Foundation is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The foundation's objective is to provide the child and family members with joyful memories and time that is as worry-free as possible. The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Arizona will grant its 3000th wish this year. Nationally, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted nearly 150,000 wishes since 1980. Children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18 years old who have been determined by a physician to have a life-threatening medical condition are eligible to receive a wish.
In July 2007 The Make-A-Wish Foundation teamed with Davis-Monthan to offer a tour of the base for Make-A-Wish children and their families. The tour consisted of demonstrations by an explosive ordnance disposal robot, base fire department and a weapons load crew for an A-10.
For more information, call Victoria Peterson, Volunteer Manager, at (800) 324-9474 x 139