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35 Facts

  1. The mission of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
  2. The vision of Make-A-Wish is to grant the wish of every eligible child.
  3. The core values of Make-A-Wish are: integrity, child-focus, excellence, community and inspiration.
  4. There are 62 Make-A-Wish chapters in the United States.
  5. The Make-A-Wish national office is located in Phoenix, Arizona.
  6. Granted in 1980, the first ever wish was to be a police officer.
  7. The first Make-A-Wish logo was a wishbone.
  8. Make-A-Wish Minnesota was founded on April 30, 1982.
  9. The first wish in chapter history was granted to a young man named Jamie, whose wish was to go to Disneyland® Resort.
  10. More than 5,000 wishes have been granted in the state of Minnesota.
  11. Make-A-Wish Minnesota granted 328 wishes in 2015 - the most in chapter history.
  12. There are generally five types of wishes: to be, to meet, to go, to have and to give.
  13. Approximately 75% of wishes involve travel.
  14. On average, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the world every 34 minutes.
  15. On average, a wish is granted to a child somewhere in Minnesota every 27 hours.
  16. A wish kid can be referred to Make-A-Wish by their medical staff, parent or by themselves.
  17. The Walt Disney Company is involved with over 40% of wishes.
  18. The average cost of a wish in Minnesota is $6,500. All expenses of a wish are covered by the Foundation, giving the wish kid and family a respite from the stress of dealing with a life-threatening medical condition.
  19. Approximately 72% of every dollar goes directly towards granting wishes.
  20. Kids do not need to have a terminal diagnosis to receive a wish.
  21. More than 600 volunteers across Minnesota help us grant hundreds of wishes each year.
  22. Last year, Make-A-Wish Minnesota granted 297 wishes throughout the state.
  23. 75 million airline miles are needed to grant all Minnesota travel wishes annually.
  24. 50,000 donated airline miles are needed for one domestic round trip ticket for travel wishes.
  25. 100,000 donated miles are needed for one international round trip ticket for travel wishes.
  26. Make-A-Wish Minnesota is a tax-exempt organization. Money comes from private donations, planned gifts and grants along with corporate gifts and sponsorships. The Foundation benefits from donations of hotel loyalty points and frequent flyer miles. Make-A-Wish receives no funding from governmental entities.
  27. Minnesota wish kids have spent 11,604 days visiting Orlando area theme parks.
  28. Hawaii is the most visited domestic location outside of Orlando.
  29. We have granted 196 sports-related wishes.
  30. We have granted 105 playhouse wishes.
  31. We have granted 34 music-related wishes.
  32. Our wish kids enjoy the hospitality of Give Kids The World Village when they visit Orlando on their wish.
  33. WWE superstar John Cena is the first celebrity to grant more than 500 wishes in the history of Make-A-Wish.
  34. 136 wish kids flew to their wish on a Sun Country Airlines® plane in 2016.
  35. Sun Country Airlines has flown more than 200 wish kids to the North Pole over the past four years during the Sun Country Airlines Flight to the North Pole event held annually during the holiday season.

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Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
615 First Ave NE
Suite 415
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 767-9474