Our Mission, Vision and Values
The mission of Make-A-Wish International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.
We are dedicated to making every eligible child’s wish come true.
Our values serve as the map to attain our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child. They are a clear guide to our priorities and lead the way in everything we do.
Integrity：We approach every aspect of our work with unwavering standards of honesty, transparency and respect for wish recipients, their families and Make-A-Wish supporters.
Child Focus：Our business practices always put the interests of wish children first. Always.
Excellence：We aspire to best-in-class business practices, and we embrace the challenge to exceed expectations at every opportunity.
Community：We foster a collaborative, global community composed of staff, volunteers and donors with the collective ability to make the broadest possible range of wishes come true.
Inspiration：We are inspired by the examples of our wish kids and the actions of the entire Make-A-Wish community to approach our mission with life-affirming enthusiasm, imagination and creativity. As a result, we fill each wish experience and every interaction with hope, strength and joy.
Founded in Phoenix, Arizona in 1980, when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities.
After the start of Make-A-Wish in the United States, interest in granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions quickly spread to other nations. In 1993, Make-A-Wish International was officially formed to serve the five countries outside the U.S. - and now helps to serve children outside the United States in nearly 50 countries on five continents through its 39 affiliates. Make-A-Wish America grants the wishes of children in the United States through its 61 chapters. With the help of generous donors and over 32,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish has collectively granted approximately more than 350,000 wishes worldwide since 1980.
Chris Greicius - The Wish That Inspired Make-A-Wish
The creation of Make-A-Wish was inspired in the U.S. 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 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.
Make-A-Wish® Japan was founded as an official affiliate of the Make-A-Wish® International in December, 1992. Make-A-Wish Japan follows the bylaws and regulations set forth in policy by the Make-A-Wish® International. Make-A-Wish® Japan, like the other international affiliates, must support all of its endeavors and wishes without financial assistance from the Make-A-Wish® International.
Make-A-Wish® activities in Japan started in 1992. Susan Albright, a physical therapist then living in Okinawa, wished to start Make-A-Wish activities in Japan, as she had been moved by ”the bright eyes of children who have their own dreams despite having to cope with illness.” In 1994, Make-A-Wish of Japan relocated its headquarters to Tokyo and is now active throughout Japan with branches all over the country.
Make-A-Wish® Japan officially received its status as a regular foundation on Jan. 5, 2009. Unlike most other countries, a foundation status is far more difficult and time-consuming to obtain, though recent changes in the law have made it easier than before.
In 1993, a child's wish to visit an amusement park was granted by Make-A-Wish® Japan. It has helped to grant many wonderful wishes, such as ”I want to swim with wild dolphins.” ”I want to fight together with Ultraman the Great.” ”I want to touch a Hercules Beetle, the largest beetle in the world.” ”I want to play with Santa Claus,” etc.
Make-A-Wish® volunteers do not simply ”grant” wishes, but are the catalysts who make wishes come true by bringing together and coordinating everything necessary to allow a child's wish to come true. As we join forces with the child and her or his parents, the precious experience of fulfilled a wish becomes reality. If the experience of being granted a wish gives a child the strength to live for tomorrow, how wonderful it will be!
Make-A-Wish® Japan will do everything in its power to grant as many of the children's wishes as possible and to see their beautiful smiles.
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