Make-A-Wish Season of Wishes

PORTLAND, Ore. – ‘Tis the season to make wishes come true.

Andrew Asato, executive director of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Oregon, and KATU's Deb Knapp joined us today to share the story of 4-year-old Cooper who had a wish granted that he could really dig. Head to the "Inside KATU" website section and click on "Season of Wishes" to help the dreams of children with life-threatening illnesses come true.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. All local donations stay in Oregon and SW Washington!  Born in 1980 when a group of caring individuals helped a young boy fulfill his dream of becoming a police officer, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 68 chapters in the U.S. and its territories. With the help of generous donors and nearly 25,000 volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation grants more than 12,600 wishes a year and has granted more than 148,000 wishes in the U.S. since inception. The Oregon chapter serves children, ages 2 ½ through 17, living in Oregon and Clark County, Wash.

Wishes are determined by each individual child’s dreams and come in all shapes and sizes. They generally fall into four categories: I wish to go… I wish to meet… I wish to be… I wish to have…Whether a child wishes to meet a favorite celebrity, go to Disneyland® Resort, be a firefighter, or have a personal computer, every effort is made to grant this special wish.


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