Make A Wish is a wonderful organization that helps families and children with a serious medical diagnosis take a break from all of the medical stuff going on. It provides a family vacation (if the child wants to visit a specific place) , a wish for a child (such as a dream come true or something that the child truly wants but knows that mom or dad could never afford).
Airlines donate miles to families that are traveling on a "Wish Trip". Anyone can donate airline miles if they are a member of a program that saves up airline miles.
In the spring of 1980, 7-year-old Christopher James Greicius (August 8, 1972 – May 3, 1980) was being treated for leukemia. He had always wanted to be a police officer. U.S. Customs Officer Tommy Austin befriended Chris and worked with officers at the Arizona Department of Public Safety to plan an experience to lift Greicius' spirits. Chris spent the day as a police officer, rode in a police helicopter, received a custom-tailored police uniform, and was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. Greicius died soon after, but his wish became inspiration for the world's largest wish-granting organization. (1)
Make A Wish has numerous functions annually to fund raise and to provide families with a much needed break from medical procedures. For many families, this is the only break they will have and sadly for some, the happiest memory of the entire journey of a serious medical issue.