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Chapter History and Awards

Make-A-Wish® South Carolina got its start with the first wish on November 10, 1984 with a child named Louis.

Louis, age 5, was diagnosed with a brain tumor.  His wish was to 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 in the stands like the other fans, but on the benches with the players.  The chapter has granted 2000 wishes since Louis' wish and continues to grant over 130 wishes throughout the state each year.

Chapter Milestones

The following are a list of Make-A-Wish® South Carolina milestones.  We strive to promote a positive influence among our community by continuing to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

April 1980:

First wish was granted in Phoenix, AZ, that inspired the creation of Make-A-Wish. Chris wanted to be a policeman for the day.

April 1984:
A Regional Office opened in April 1984. It oversees wish fulfillment and fund raising activities in five counties.

October 1985:
Make-A-Wish grants its 100th wish. Richard, a four-year-old wanted to visit Walt Disney World®.

May 1988:
Kids For Wish Kids®, a fundraising program for school age children, began with events at Crafton Elementary School. Students and parents raised $2,000. Today, more than 300 schools participate in Kids For Wish Kids and Wishmakers On Campus® programs each year.

June 1989:
The 500th wish is granted. Megan is a 10-year-old who met President George H. W. Bush.

March 1990:
Make-A-Wish opens another Regional Office to oversee wish fulfillment and fundraising activities in seven counties.

December 1991:
A new Make-A-Wish office oversees wish fulfillment and fundraising activities in twenty-one counties.

January 1992:
The 1,000th wish is fulfilled. Teddy, a barrel racing enthusiast asks for board and equipment for his horse.

September 1992:
A new Make-A-Wish office opens to oversee wish fulfillment and fundraising activities in eight counties.
Make-A-Wish® South Carolina
225 South Pleasantburg Drive
Greenville, SC 29607
(864) 250-0702
Toll Free (800) 293-9474