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Make-A-Wish® North Dakota celebrating 30 years of wishes


March 19, 2015


Fargo, ND


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE-Please contact Dana Altendorf, director of community relations for more information.

FARGO, March 19, 2015 – Make-A-Wish helps the imaginations of kids with life threatening medical conditions take flight. So it was appropriate the organization kicked-off their year of celebration at Hector International Airport today gathering individuals who have played an influential role and who have supported the organization over the last 30 years. From partners to wish-granters and referral sources, from founders to wish children, each individual shared valuable perspectives about what is truly possible through this wish granting movement.

Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. They are dedicated to granting every eligible child’s wish. This dedication all began with one boy’s wish.

In 1980, 7-year-old Chris Greicius was living with leukemia. More than anything else, he wished to be a police officer. Caring people in his community granted his wish and set in motion a phenomenon that would lead to the founding of Make-A-Wish®.

In 1985, four caring individuals inspired by this movement worked to start Make-A-Wish® North Dakota. The very first wish they granted was for 7-year-old Christopher, who was essentially living in the hospital at the time. His wish - to have a VCR for his hospital room. Since that first wish 30 years ago, over 700 heartfelt wishes have been granted in North Dakota.

Billi Zielinski, President and CEO, closed the celebration with an invitation to the public, “Today and this year is about celebrating – celebrating partners, giving, beginnings and wishes. We invite you to join us in celebrating our 30th anniversary and celebrating possible.”

Make-A-Wish is hosting their annual Wine & Wishes event on Friday, March 27 at the Hilton Garden Inn of Fargo. The event will feature Linda Pauling as the keynote speaker. Linda is the mother of Chris Greicius, the very first wish child. Information on the event and how you can help celebrate possible in 2015 can be found at

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Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Since its inception in 1985, Make-A-Wish® North Dakota has granted over 700 wishes to children across the state, at an average cost of $9,800 per wish. For more information about Make-A-Wish North Dakota, please call (701) 280-9474, or visit the website at

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Make-A-Wish® North Dakota
4143 26th Avenue South
Suite 104
Fargo, ND 58104
(701) 280-9474
Toll Free North Dakota Only (800) 362-9474