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    Quick Facts

    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. Our vision is to grant the wish of every eligible child.


    Who We Are

    • Make-A-Wish is a highly recognized international wish granting organization with affiliates granting wishes in 50 countries worldwide.
    • Make-A-Wish® was founded in Phoenix Arizona in 1980.
    • Founded in 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada consists of eight regional chapters and a national office, including your local chapter, Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces.
    • Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 310,000 wishes worldwide.
    • Since 1983, Make-A-Wish Canada has granted more than 5,200 wishes to Canadian children.
    • Today, we grant approximately one wish a day across the country.
    • Make-A-Wish Atlantic Provinces was founded in 2001. We grant over 20 wishes to children across Atlantic Canada each year.


    How it all Began

    • The inspiration for Make-A-Wish was a wish granted in 1980 to seven-year-old Christopher Greicius by members of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Christopher who had leukemia, wished to become a police officer.
    • In the fall of 1983, Make-A-Wish granted the first wish in Canada to Debbie, aged 13, suffering from leukemia. Debbie chose to go to Germany with her father and brother to see her grandparents.


    Make-A-Wish Canada History

    • 1983: Make-A-Wish Canada is established with a chapter in British Columbia.
    • 1986: Southwestern Ontario Chapter established in London, Ont.
    • 1992: Make-A-Wish Canada, the national governing body and Make-A-Wish® International established.
    • 1993-2000: Establishment of five new chapters in Canada - Toronto and Central Ontario, Eastern Ontario, Northern Ontario, Northern Alberta and Southern Alberta.
    • 2001: Establishment of new chapters in Quebec and Atlantic Provinces (serving Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland).


    Unique Features of Make-A-Wish

    • We ensure the wish is very personal, involves the family and is free from financial worries.
    • Make-A-Wish encourages the entire family to be a part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magical moments just as much as the wish child.
    • We do not receive government funding but rely on donations from individuals, corporations, grants and bequests to support our wish granting activities.
    • We do not participate in chain letters, door-to-door solicitations, or telemarketing.
    • We do not solicit wishes. Wishes are referred to us through the medical community or the child's relatives.
    • We do not embark on "group" wishes. All wishes are individual and based on the child's chosen wish.


    Additional Resources

    Fact Sheets

    The mission of Make-A-Wish® Atlantic Provinces is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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    Fact Sheets


    Make-A-Wish® Atlantic Provinces PSAs (Public Service Announcements) contain a powerful message – that helps viewers understand how we strive to create hope, strength and joy in the lives of children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

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    Wish Impact Study

    Learn more about the impact wishes have for wish kids, families, and everyone else involved in a wish experience.

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