The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization founded in the United States that grants wishes to children (2.5 years to 18 years old) who have life-threatening medical conditions. The charity now operates in forty seven countries around the world through thirty six affiliate offices.
The Make-A-Wish Foundation ceased granting hunting trips in 1999, amid criticisms from animal rights groups. The Foundation explained that the decision was based on the danger of having a child in a weakened state handling firearms.
In response, three other similar organizations were formed: Hunt of a Lifetime, which arranged hunting trips for terminally ill children; Catch-a-Dream, which was conceived by Mississippi outdoorsman Bruce Brady, and formed by his loved ones following Brady's death from cancer, to grant hunting experiences to ill children; and Life Hunts founded by the Buckmasters American Deer Foundation.
In popular culture
- In the game Portal, The Aperture Science Corporation (led by a mentally unstable CEO) has a "Take-a-Wish" Tier of Research and Development, whose goal is to buy wishes off of the parents of terminally ill children and redistribute them to wish-deprived but otherwise healthy adults. It was a colossal failure.
- In one episode of Chappelle's Show, Dave Chappelle visits a terminally ill child and plays a videogame called Street Hoops with him.
- In January 2008, the satirical news site The Onion produced a parody video claiming that Make-a-Wish Foundation was bankrupted due to a child's wish for "infinite wishes." The video was apparently so convincing that some people believed it was real and it had to be debunked by the urban legends web site Snopes.
- Two Australian shows, The Mansion and The Chaser's War on Everything, did very similar sketches about the Make-a-Wish Foundation, the latter causing an unprecedented amount of controversy.
- Once a year, the sports news show SportsCenter has a daily segment for a week in which they showcase sports related wishes for sick children made possible with the help of Make-A-Wish. See List of SportsCenter segments and specials
- Four children were also guest-stars on the show Cake Boss, in which Buddy Valastro helped four children make one of a kind cakes before making a "Hot Air Balloon" cake for a reception for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
- Daniel Stark, a cancer survivor thanks to the foundation, appeared in the animated TV show Rocket Power's series finale, "The Big Day".
- A special episode of Achievement HORSE with Rooster Teeth Productions had Michael Jones vs. Ian, who made his wish to play H-O-R-S-E on Halo: Reach with them.
- Disney Worldwide Outreach Program, a partner of the Make-A-Wish Foundation
- Sunshine Foundation
- ^ Make-A-Wish Foundation : About Us : How We Grant Wishes
- ^ Make-A-Wish Foundation International : Countries
- ^ Make-A-Wish Foundation : About Us : The First Wish
- ^ Hunt of a Lifetime's official site
- ^ CNN.com – Hunting organization grants wish that Make-a-Wish won't – December 15, 2000[dead link]
- ^ Catch-a-Dream's official site
- ^ 
- ^ Urban Legends Reference Pages: Make-a-Wish Foundation Bankrupted by Unlimited Wishes
- ^ The Chaser vs. The Mansion vs. The Onion
- ^ Chaser sketch 'may have been ripped off'
- ^ Sick kids stunt earns Chaser 2-week ban
- Make-A-Wish Foundation of America
- Make-A-Wish Foundation International
- Ben's Game — cancer fighting video game
- Make-A-Wish Foundation UK
- Make-A-Wish Foundation Pakistan
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