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Our History

Make-A-Wish® is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix.

In 1980, Chris Greicius was a 7-year-old Arizona boy being treated for leukemia. Whenever he saw a police officer, he saw everything he wanted to be. Law enforcement officers heard about Chris’ wish to be a police officer and responded to the call. A police helicopter flew him to headquarters for a tour, a ride in a patrol car and a ceremony making him the first-ever honorary state patrolman in Arizona history. Many of those responsible for fulfilling Chris’ wish wanted to do the same for other children with life-threatening medical conditions and founded Make-A-Wish in November 1980.

Make-A-Wish Minnesota

In its first year, the Minnesota chapter granted four wishes and have since gone on almost 5,000 wishes. Your support made that happen!

April 30, 1982

Make-A-Wish Foundation of Minnesota was born.

1983

Chapter grants seventh wish to a five-year-old girl who wished to have a weekend at a hotel with a pool.

1986

Chapter celebrates its 100th wish granted to a 7-year-old who wished to go to Walt Disney World® Resort.

1991

Chapter celebrates its 500th wish granted to a 18-year-old who wished to have a Customized Monster truck.

1996

Chapter celebrates its 1,000th wish granted to a 10-year-old who wished to have a computer.

2002

Kids no longer have to be terminal to receive a wish.

2007

Chapter celebrates its 25th anniversary with 3,000 wishes granted.

2017

Chapter celebrates its 35th anniversary with 5,000 wishes granted.
Make-A-Wish® Minnesota
615 First Ave NE
Suite 415
Minneapolis, MN 55413
(612) 767-9474