The Make-A-Wish Foundation that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses received its biggest donation since founded back in 1980, $10 Million from Michael Jordan. The retired American professional basketball player, widely regarded as one of the greatest athletes of all time made the record-breaking donation in honour of his upcoming 60th birthday.
“For the past 34 years, it’s been an honor to partner with Make-A-Wish and help bring a smile and happiness to so many kids,” said Jordan. “Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a tough time in their lives has truly been an inspiration. I can’t think of a better birthday gift than seeing others join me in supporting Make-A-Wish so that every child can experience the magic of having their wish come true.”
The Make-A-Wish Foundation is a non-profit organization, founded in 1980, that grants wishes to children with critical illnesses. The process begins when a child with a critical illness is referred to the foundation by a doctor, social worker, or parent. Once the referral is received, a team of volunteers works with the child and their family to determine the child’s wish. The wish can be almost anything, from meeting a celebrity to going on a dream vacation.
“Michael using his birthday as a chance to make history for Make-A-Wish speaks to the quality of his character and his loyal dedication to making life better for children with critical illnesses,” said the CEO of Make-A-Wish America. Michael Jordan, who will turn 60 on Feb. 17, granted the first wish through the foundation in 1989 and has since “granted hundreds of wishes to children all over the world,” according to the organization, which named him ambassador “for the life-changing impact he has had on wish kids and their families” in 2008.