Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina has one purpose- to grant wishes to children between the ages from of 2 1/2 and 18 with life-threatening medical conditions. The benefits of wish fulfillment are many and varied. Though it is difficult to measure the effect a wish has on a child, we believe that while doctors provide the medicine, Make-A-Wish provides the magic!
Founded in 1986, the Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.
Our mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family.
In 1980, a 7 year-old boy with leukemia named Chris wished to be a police officer in his hometown of Phoenix, Arizona. Police officers from the Arizona Department of Public Safety granted Chris’s wish with a custom-made uniform, helmet, badge, and even a helicopter ride! Chris’s delight in having his wish come true inspired a group of volunteers to form the first Make-A-Wish chapter.
Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina was founded in 1986.
We currently have more than 200 volunteers throughout our 49 counties and welcome other interested individuals.
Make-A-Wish of Eastern North Carolina has granted more than 2,000 wishes in the past 24 years.
The first wish in eastern North Carolina was for a young man named Benny, who wished to meet his favorite wrestlers, Magnum T.A. and Rock ‘n’ Roll Express.
WGNI, a Cumulus Broadcasting Station based in Wilmington, will feature "Make-A-Wish Eastern NC Spotlight" each month beginning in February 2013. A local Wish Kid will be included on its website, on air promos and at select LIVE remote broadcasts. Please tune in 102.7 and visit www.wgni.com to learn more about these amazing children.