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Make-A-Wish is a non-profit 50l (c) (3) organization that fulfills wishes to children between the ages of 2 ½ through 17 who have been diagnosed with life-threatening illnesses or conditions. These children - like all children - dream of meeting celebrities, taking trips, or receiving special presents. But their families, coping with the pain and stress of battling their illness, often can't make those dreams come true.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation® of America was founded in 1980 in Phoenix, Arizona. A small group of people helped a young boy with cancer achieve his wish - to be a state trooper for a day. Since that time, the Foundation has grown into the largest and most professional wish granting organization in the world with 80 chapters in the United States and its territories, and 20 international affiliates on five continents. Nationally, more than 73,000 wishes have been fulfilled for children with life-threatening illnesses and is supported by over 18,000 volunteers.
Our regional chapter was founded in 1986 in
Tacoma. In its first year, our chapter granted a total of eight
wishes. Now one of the largest chapters nation-wide,
Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted over 1,700 wishes and
currently grants an average of 18 wishes per month. Our
chapter serves the states of Alaska, Montana, Northern Idaho
and Washington. This year we look forward to granting 240 wishes.
No matter how you look at it, thats a lot of smiling faces.
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