Make-A-Wish® – the global organization that creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses – is thrilled to announce a Guinness World Record title achievement of being named the Largest wish-granting non-profit organization. Since the creation of the organization in 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted nearly 450,000 wishes to children with critical illnesses around the world. Incredibly, a wish is granted every 17 minutes globally with the help of more than 40,000 volunteers and countless donors. Last year alone, Make-A-Wish granted more than 30,000 wishes to children in more than 50 countries worldwide.
The Guinness World Records title announcement comes after a month-long celebration leading up to the 29 April celebration of World Wish Day®. Make-A-Wish hosted a campaign with the theme: “Wishes take muscle.” Throughout April, the organization granted more than 1,800 wishes around the globe and focused on the fact that a wish can give children the mental strength to fight their illness. The campaign also honored the donors, doctors, volunteers and other supporters who, together, lend their muscle – whether it be their time, energy or resources – to make wishes possible.
Also in April, Make-A-Wish challenged people around the world to participate in the #ArmWrestleChallenge, a fun, family-friendly social media competition that encouraged people to show their muscle to raise awareness and funds for the organization.
World Wish Day illustrates the imperative role a wish plays in a child’s medical treatment. Research shows a wish can help children build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight a critical illness. Continue the World Wish Day celebration, lend muscle and change lives for the better.
Learn more at worldwish.org/worldwishday.