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FARGO- March 31, 2015 – A young boy inspired an idea that grew into a worldwide wish granting phenomenon now known as Make-A-Wish®. Chris Greicius was living with leukemia and his one true wish was to be a police officer. On April 29, 1980, his most heartfelt wish came true. The Arizona Department of Public Safety officers welcomed and sworn Chris in as an honorary highway patrol officer after a helicopter ride to the station. To commemorate Chris and that day, all of April is dedicated as World Wish Month.
To kick off World Wish Month, Make-A-Wish North Dakota and The Fargo Theatre have arranged a free showing of the film, “Extraordinary Measures.” The public is invited to join Make-A-Wish at 2 p.m. on April 1 for this kick-off event. “Extraordinary Measures” is a drama centered on the efforts of John Crowley, Make-A-Wish® America board chair and wish dad, to find a researcher who might have a cure for his two children's rare genetic disorder. This cinematic celebration is also a fitting tribute to the first wish granted by Make-A-Wish® North Dakota – a little boy who wished to watch movies in his hospital room.
The partnership between Make-A-Wish North Dakota and The Fargo Theatre began in July of 2014. The first wish celebration at The Fargo Theatre was for wish child Jax. His celebration was complete with “Jax’s Wish Comes True” on the iconic marquee.
The Fargo Theatre is proud to be a part of granting wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. They are looking forward to sharing “Extraordinary Measures” with an audience on April 1.
About the Fargo Theatre
Built in 1926 as a cinema and vaudeville theatre, the beautifully restored Fargo Theatre is now the premiere destination for cutting edge independent and foreign film. The theatre is also Fargo’s hottest downtown venue for concerts, plays and other live events. In spring of 2009, the Fargo Theatre opened a second screen as part of a multi-use urban infill project. The Fargo Theatre is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit management corporation and was placed on the National Register of Historical Places by the United States Department of the Interior.
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 www.northdakota.wish.org.