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Quick Facts

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

 

Who We Are

  • Make-A-Wish is a highly recognized international wish granting organization with affiliates granting wishes in 50 countries worldwide.
  • Make-A-Wish® was founded in Phoenix Arizona in 1980.
  • Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta was founded in 1995 and is one of eight chapters across Canada.
  • Make-A-Wish Southern Alberta grants wishes to children in all areas of Alberta south of Red Deer.
  • Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 415,000 wishes worldwide.
  • Since 1995, Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta has granted over 400 wishes and there have been more than 6,800 wishes granted to Canadian children.
  • Today, there is approximately one wish a day granted across the country.

 

How it all Began

  • The inspiration for Make-A-Wish was a wish granted in 1980 to seven-year-old Christopher Greicius by members of the Arizona Highway Patrol. Christopher, who had leukemia, wished to become a police officer.
  • In the fall of 1983, Make-A-Wish granted the first wish in Canada to Debbie, aged 13, suffering from leukemia. Debbie chose to go to Germany with her father and brother to see her grandparents.
  • Make-A-Wish® Foundation of Southern Alberta was founded in 1995 by Dave and Carol Stinton.  Dave heard about Make-A-Wish® at a conference in Vancouver and was so touched that when he headed home to Calgary he began his journey with Make-A-Wish®.  The first wish was granted to a 5 year old girl from Medicine Hat.  She wanted a purple playhouse because she liked Barney, and a wagon so that when she couldn't walk her brother could pull her in the wagon to her playhouse.

 

Unique Features of Make-A-Wish

  • We ensure the wish is very personal, involves the family and is free from financial worries.
  • Make-A-Wish encourages the entire family to be a part of the wish experience, knowing that parents and siblings need magical moments just as much as the wish child.
  • We do not receive government funding but rely on donations from individuals, corporations, grants and bequests to support our wish granting activities.
  • We do not participate in chain letters, door-to-door solicitations, or telemarketing.
  • We do not embark on "group" wishes. All wishes are individual and based on the child's chosen wish.

 

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Fact Sheets

The mission of Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

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Fact Sheets

PSAs

Make-A-Wish® Southern Alberta PSAs (Public Service Announcements) contain a powerful message – that helps viewers understand how we strive to create hope, strength and joy in the lives of children living with life-threatening medical conditions.

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PSAs

Annual Reports

Read our annual reports to learn more about our wish granting efforts, our corporate partnerships and our mission, and for up-to-date financial information about how we use your donations to grant magical wishes.

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Wish Impact Study

Learn more about the impact wishes have for wish kids, families, and everyone else involved in a wish experience.
 

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