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World Wish Day Celebration



April 25, 2020




World Wish Day®, celebrates the day that Chris Greicius’ wish was granted on April 29th, 1980 – sparking the creation of Make-A-Wish and a global wish-granting movement. We invite you to celebrate wishes with us April 25th at Carowinds for a Make-A-Wish park takeover! We invite participants to join us for a fun filled day at the park as we come together to celebrate Wishing It Forward and granting more wishes! For more information on how you can take part in this event, please contact

The Wish That Inspired Make-A-Wish

The creation of Make-A-Wish was inspired in 1980 by the fulfillment of a wish of a 7-year-old boy with leukemia named Chris Greicius, who wished to be a policeman. His mother, several friends and a group of police officers, with the cooperation of the Arizona Department of Public Safety, granted his wish with a custom-made uniform, helmet, badge, and helicopter ride! 

After the wish, those involved - including Tommy Austin, U.S. Customs Agent, and Ron Cox, Arizona Department of Public Safety Officer - were inspired and eager to bring that same hope, strength and joy they saw as a result of Chris’ wish, to more children. Their simple idea has led to the continued growth of the world’s largest wish-granting organization, now operating in nearly 50 countries. 
“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

Make-A-Wish® Central & Western North Carolina
217 E. Tremont Avenue
Charlotte, NC 28203
(704) 339-0334
Toll Free (877) 677-9474