About World Wish Day
World Wish Day is observed annually on April 29th. This national holiday is sponsored by the “Make-A-Wish Foundation” an organisation whose mission is to grant the desires of terminally ill children. It is a holiday that even young children enjoy commemorating because it primarily involves them. Although not all wishes are granted or can be granted, the foundation has granted over 500,000 wishes since its inception several decades ago, and many more will be granted in the future.
Make-A-Wish traces its inspiration to Christopher James Greicius, an energetic 7-year-old boy battling leukemia who wishes to be a police officer. In 1980, his Phoenix community came together to make his wish come true. Little did Chris know that his wish would create a movement that would transform millions of lives.
The first observance of World Wish Day commemorated the 30th anniversary of the day Greicius’ wish was granted, and since then, the foundation has granted numerous surprising and equally fulfilling wishes.
Granting a wish has so many positive effects. Being able to forget about the illness for a day gives wish children and their families hope and strength for the future.Find out more