The Make-A-Wish Foundation® traces its beginning to one boy’s wish to be a Police Officer, and to date, more than 160,000 wishes have been granted to children with life-threatening medical conditions in the United States and its territories.
There are Make-A-Wish Foundation chapters serving all areas of the United States, as well as international affiliates spanning five continents. Each chapter is responsible for granting wishes for eligible children within its designated geographic area and for raising the funds to fulfill those wishes.
How It All Began:
The First South Carolina Wish:
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina got its start with the first wish on November 10, 1984. Louis, age 5, was diagnosed with a brain tumor. His wish was to go see “a big time football game.” He attended a home game at The Citadel in Charleston. He was presented with his own team uniform and was able to run out onto the field with the players. Louis watched the game not from the stands like the other fans, but on the benches with the players!
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of South Carolina has granted 2000 wishes since Louis’ wish and continues to grant over 130 wishes throughout the state each year.