Make-A-Wish® America announced Thursday, Oct. 30, the organization recently celebrated an incredible milestone, having granted 250,000 wishes in the United States since the children’s charity was founded in 1980. This homegrown, American wish-granting movement – started in Phoenix, Ariz. – has spread around the globe to nearly 50 countries making it the largest wish granting organization in the world. In fact, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 334,000 wishes worldwide, a quarter million of them in the U.S and its territories.
As one of 61 chapters across the U.S., Make-A-Wish South Carolina has been granting wishes for local kids with life-threatening medical conditions since 1984. Over the last four years of the chapter’s existence, it has granted more than 600 life-changing wishes. At this year’s National Conference hosted by Make-A-Wish America, the South Carolina chapter was recognized for two outstanding achievements: granting a record number of 156 wishes during a fiscal year and for record fundraising success in the chapter’s 30 year history.
“It is incredible what has been accomplished through the combined efforts of our chapters,” said Bill Tiller, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish South Carolina. “On behalf of all the staff and board members here at Make-A-Wish South Carolina, we are proud to have played a part in making life better for thousands of wish kids.”
Throughout the process of granting 250,000 wishes, one thing has become abundantly clear…wishes know no boundaries. Limited only by a wish child’s imagination and passion, wishes have included some of America’s most beloved celebrities and athletes; favorite sporting events and television shows; and iconic destinations.
Take, for example, eight-year old Carter from Charleston, S.C., who wished to go to a Miami Hurricanes football game. Or 6-year-old Eva who wished to be a princess. Wishes can be simple, but very powerful and as unique as the child who makes it.
Make-A-Wish South Carolina knows there are so many more wishes to grant. Entirely funded by donations from individual donors and corporate sponsors, the chapter is dependent on public support to be able to grant more and better wishes for local kids.
To learn more about the history of Make-A-Wish South Carolina, visit sc.wish.org. To find out how to help grant future wishes or to become involved with Make-A-Wish South Carolina visit sc.wish.org/ways-to-help.