Make-A-Wish® Georgia was founded in 1995 and has granted nearly 6,000 wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions all over the state. Their premise is that a wish can be a game-changer for these children and their families, and the foundation works to grant wishes of all kinds, from swimming with dolphins in Hawaii to meeting the Pope. The Make-A-Wish® story began in 1980 with Chris Greicius, a 7-year-old boy from Phoenix. Chris was diagnosed with leukemia, and wanted more than anything else to be a police officer. The community rallied around him to make that happen, flying Chris to the station in a Department of Public Safety helicopter and providing him with his own uniform and badge, and when Chris died, they gave him a ceremony for a fallen officer. The first donation of $15 came shortly after, and chapters soon began popping up all over the country. Donations of funds, airline miles or time may be made at georgia.wish.org.