This event is a celebration in memory of Chris, the child who sparked a global wish-granting movement and the beginning of Make-A-Wish.
He was only seven years, 269 days old when he died. But he taught me about being a man. Even though he was only a boy. I can tell you that because of meeting Chris, I am an entirely different man. Ron Cox said the same thing. He said he didn’t fear death anymore, because he knew Chris would be there waiting for him. – Tommy Austin, Make-A-Wish® co-founder and retired U.S. Customs agent
When a child has a terminal illness it makes adults feel so helpless. We all want to do anything we can to make it better. When Chris let it be known he wished he could be an officer, it seemed like something that could happen for him – something the adults could make happen. To see the smile on his face made the effort worth while to be sure.
It breaks our hearts to know children are so sick and likely won’t get to make their dreams come true as an adult. What a wonderful idea to help them make a wish come true. We naturally want to do anything we can to help them.
That is what the Make-A-Wish foundation is all about – making wishes come true for children with terminal illness. These brave children deserve to have a wish come true because they face so many days filled with pain.
Make-A-Wish granted 14,000 wishes last year alone – on average, one every 38 minutes. But for every wish granted, another child is diagnosed with a potentially qualifying condition. A child who needs a wish.
We all look forward to the day when no more children have life-threatening medical conditions. Until that time, Make-A-Wish remains committed to granting a wish to every eligible child. Because wishes make very sick kids feel better – and sometimes, when they feel better, they get better.
It’s been more than 30 years since my son Chris received his wish, and I am still amazed and inspired how one little boy’s dream to be a police officer has touched the lives of so many thousands of people. – Linda Pauling, mom of Chris
I’m so thankful there is an organization that can make wishes come true for brave boys and girls. Some want to have a certain animal, or be on a TV show. One little girl got to be a cartoon character – do the voice-over on her favorite cartoon show! Some want to play an instrument or play a certain sport. Some want to be a character in a play or go to a certain place. Riding in a hot air balloon might be the wish of a child.
Let’s pray for the little ones who need some wishes to come true. WORLD MAKE A WISH DAY let’s make some wishes come true for these kids. 🙂