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Our Story

Make-A-Wish is the legacy of Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Find out how his wish to be a police officer set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

Christopher, age 7, smiling in his official police uniform.

How it all started

Chris, 7, was diagnosed with leukemia. More than anything else, he wished to be a police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish ... and set in motion a phenomenon that would create an unprecedented kind of charity.

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Our mission

Our Mission

Make-A-Wish serves a unique, and vital, role in helping strengthen and empower children battling life-threatening medical conditions.

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Wish kid Noella

How We Grant Wishes

There are four steps to granting a wish. Each step builds on the next to create amazing experiences that delight wish kids and their families. A wish experience is frequently a source of inspiration for children undergoing difficult medical treatments.

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Local & Global Structure

Make-A-Wish® is one united family. But it’s also a collection of independently chartered nonprofit organizations that stand committed to a shared vision and mission.

Learn about how Make-A-Wish grants wishes through its chapters nationwide and affiliates around the world.
Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin
11020 West Plank Court
Suite 200
Wauwatosa, WI 53226
(262) 781-4445
Toll Free Wisconsin Only (800) 236-9474
Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin, Northeastern Office
100 W. College Ave.
Suite 50E
Appleton, WI 54911
(920) 993-9994

Make-A-Wish® Wisconsin, Madison Regional Office
1 South Pinckney St.
Suite 40
Madison, WI 53703
(608) 252-4321