The seven words, “I wish to be a police officer” by 7-year-old Chris Greicius began the magic of Make-A-Wish®. At the time, Chris, who was being treated for leukemia, would have no idea how much of an impact his wish would have. Fast-forward nearly 30 years, and Make-A-Wish has grown into the largest wish-granting organization in the world and in Nebraska a wish is granted every 3 ½ days.
On Saturday, October 13th, Make-A-Wish Nebraska relived the wish that began it all in celebration of granting its 2,000th wish. Fifteen former wish children were transformed into deputies for the day to experience the dream that started Make-A-Wish. In conjunction with the Douglas County Sheriff Department, over 50 volunteers and vendors came together to help make this wish come to life. These former wish children had an experience that mirrored Chris’ wish including: a swearing-in ceremony, a police pursuit, a house search, finding prints at a crime lab and making the arrest of the bad guy to save the day all while wearing custom-made uniforms donated by Propper Clothing.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. For more information about Make-A-Wish, visit nebraska.wish.org and discover how you can share the power of a wish®.
For more information about Make-A-Wish® Nebraska, please call (402) 570-3900 or visit www.nebraska.wish.org.