The Make-A-Wish Foundation was founded in 1980 after a little boy named Chris Greicius realized his heartfelt wish to become a police officer. Since its humble beginnings, the organization has blossomed into a worldwide phenomenon, reaching more than 200,000 children around the world.
Although it has become one of the world's most well-known charities, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has maintained the grassroots fulfillment of its mission.
A network of nearly 25,000 volunteers enable the Make-A-Wish Foundation to serve children with life-threatening medical conditions. Volunteers serve as wish granters, fundraisers, special events assistants and in numerous other capacities.
As the Foundation continues to mature, its mission will remain steadfast. Wish children of the past, present and future will have an opportunity to share the power of a wish®.
Erik, 13, wished to be a superhero. When a dark cloud descended upon Western Washington on April 29, he sprang into action as Electron Boy. Electron Boy spent the day using his powers of good to defeat the evil mayhem created by Dr. Dark and Blackout Boy. More than 350 people from the community helped the Make-A-Wish Foundation® make Erik's wish come true. Thank you, Electron Boy!
Local Teen Debuts New Recording
CHICAGO – Tyran is an outgoing 17-year-old from Romeoville who has a passion for the music industry and loves to write his own hip hop music and lyrics. A student at Plainfield East High School, Tyran has written more than 50 of his own songs.
Diagnosed with a congenital heart condition, Tyran has endured four open heart surgeries. Although he suffers from the symptoms of this disorder, and requires treatment, Tyran has never given up on his dreams or his zest for life.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation of Illinois gave Tyran the opportunity to have a wish granted and he jumped at the opportunity to become a star. With help from Chicago Recording Company and Slang Musicgroup, Make-A-Wish volunteers made Tyran’s dream come true. He was able to not only record his own music, but also celebrate with family and friends as he performed at his own CD release party.
Tyran and his friends traveled by limousine to the Debonair Social Club in Chicago where even more family and friends were waiting. Tyran went directly on stage to impress the crowd and in true celebrity fashion, he made time to greet all of his fans and mingle with guests after his performance. This special day was just what Tyran needed to take his mind off the challenges of having a life-threatening condition and keep motivated to reach for his dreams.
“It was great, I had an amazing time and everything went just the way I thought it would,” said Tyran. He continued, “I was a little nervous when I arrived and saw the red carpet, but when I was on stage I felt comfortable, excited and motivated.”