Birmingham Fun and Family and Thoughtful Thursday would like to talk about something very special, which is the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It all started in 1980, when a seven-year-old boy named Chris Greicius from Arizona was being treated for leukemia. Chris had always wanted to become a police officer, so a group of caring volunteers decided to make that happen. A police helicopter flew him to headquarters to give him a tour where he was able to take a ride in a patrol car. He was then named the very first honorary highway patrolman. Chris was also given his own uniform, motorcycle helmet, campaign hat and motorcycle wings he earned by completing an obstacle course on his own battery powered bike. Many of the volunteers that helped fulfill Chris’ wish realized that they wanted to keep fulfilling wishes for other terminally ill children. The Make-a-Wish Foundation was born.
In the past three years, the Alabama Chapter of Make-a-Wish has granted 387 wishes. It was incorporated in 1987 and is locally governed by an 18-member board of directors. The wishes are carried out by very amazing volunteers.
There are many ways that the community can get involved. People can donate money and/or airline miles, become a sponsor, Adopt-a-Wish, act as a translator for a non-English speaking family, host a fundraising event, volunteer and so much more.
Did You Know?
If a child gets their wish granted, they’re more likely to comply with a difficult yet vital treatment.
Many health professionals, including doctors and nurses, say that when a child participates in the Make-a-Wish Foundation, that their physical health improves.
Children feel less isolated from their peers and finally feel “normal” again.
The foundation doesn’t just help “dying” children. Eighty percent of them are still living.
The foundation never cares if the family is either rich or poor.
Make a Wish Foundation Alabama Chapter