Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with critical illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Born in 1980 when a group of caring volunteers helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories. Since then, Make-A-Wish has granted the wishes of more than 285,000 children. With the help of generous donors and tens of thousands of volunteers nationwide, Make-A-Wish grants one wish every 34 minutes.
Make-A-Wish Oregon was the fifth chapter to form and started its roots in 1983 in Portland. It all began when Sam, who struggled with leukemia, wished to meet Erik Estrada from the hit television show “CHiPs.” Since then, with the help of dedicated supporters and 390 regional volunteers, the Oregon chapter has granted more than 4,000 wishes to children in Oregon and Clark County, Washington.