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The Make a Wish Foundation began back in 1980 because of one seven-year-old boy’s desire to be a police officer. Chris had leukemia, but he wanted to “catch bad guys” with U.S. Customs Agent Tommy Austin, a friend of the family.

Austin took the issue to Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Officer Ron Cox and got clearance to grant the boy’s wish. Austin then flew Chris from the hospital via helicopter to police headquarters, where he gave Chris and his parents a tour and made Chris Arizona’s first and only honorary DPS officer. The boy passed away soon after.

Word spread of the story, and that summer, a number of DPS officers formed a wish-granting organization. Today, more than 285,000 children in the U.S. and its territories have benefitted from the experience of getting their one heartfelt wish. The foundation granted 15,300 wishes in 2016 alone, one every 34 minutes.

“Children are the best and they should know nothing but happiness,” says Chaffin Luhana Accounts Specialist Jocelyn Taylor.

“Seeing what ill children go through with hospital visits, needles, surgeries and feeling sick every day has to be the most heartbreaking thing ever. The Make-a-Wish foundation strives to put a smile on a child’s face, even if for just one day.”

At Taylor’s request, the Chaffin Luhana Foundation is donating $250 to the Make-a-Wish Foundation. If you’d like to help too, you can make a donation via the information listed below.


Make a Wish Foundation

1702 E. Highland Ave., Suite 400

Phoenix, AZ 85016



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