About Us

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee grants the wishes of children who have reached the age of 2½ and are under 18 years old, and have life-threatening medical conditions, to enrich their human experience with hope, strength, and joy.

The imaginations of children referred to us serve as the backbone of our organization. There are five types of wishes the children choose from:

  • I wish to go
  • I wish to be
  • I wish to have
  • I wish to meet
  • I wish to give

For a child to be eligible for a wish he or she must be referred by a doctor, social worker, parents, or they can even refer themselves. The doctor must sign a document stating that the child has a life-threatening illness.

  • Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee serves 38 counties in the Middle Tennessee area, granting between 90 and 100 wishes each year.
  • The staff Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee consists of only 5 full-time and 3 part-time employees. We rely on volunteers to help make wishes come true.
  • More than 100 Middle Tennessee volunteers are wish granters, trained to help grant wishes of deserving children.
  • 100% of the funds raised by the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee stays in Middle Tennessee
  • 75% of every dollar donated to the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee goes into making these wishes come true.
  • The average cost of a wish is about $7,000.
  • Donors can Adopt-A-Wish® to designate that 100% of the funds donated goes toward the adopted wish.
  • More than 1000 wishes have been granted in Middle Tennessee since the chapter was founded in 2000.
  • Frequent Flier miles are one unique way to support our mission. It takes about 150,000 miles to send a family to Walt Disney World® Resort.

Since 1980, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes.

Our Chapter

Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee was founded in 2000 and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization.

The Middle Tennessee chapter of Make-A-Wish is the youngest Make-A-Wish® chapter in the country. The chapter recently won national awards for Performance Excellence, Oustanding Fundraising Performace and for the 2008 Infinite Wish – Chase Donnell’s Wish to Renovate His School Gymnasium.

To refer a child with a life-threatening medical condition, call (615) 221-2200 ext. 111.

Donations can be made on this website, over the phone at (615) 221-2200 or by mail at

8119 Isabella Lane, Suite 105A Brentwood, TN 37027

The First Wish

Make-A-Wish traces its beginning to one boy’s wish. In 1980, 7-year-old Christopher James Greicius was being treated for leukemia. Every day, he dreamed of becoming a police officer.

Thanks to the generosity of some caring individuals, Chris was sworn in as the first honorary DPS patrolman in state history. Thus, the Chris Greicius Make-A-Wish® Memorial – which later became known as the Make-A-Wish Foundation – was born. Read more here…

Fast Facts

Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has given hope, strength and joy to children with life-threatening medical conditions. From our humble beginnings with one boy’s wish to be a police officer, we’ve evolved into an organization that grants a child’s wish in the United States and its territories every 40 minutes. The Foundation is now the largest wish-granting charity in the world, with 62 chapters in the United States and its territories.