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Make-A-Wish Foundation® Does Not Participate In Chain Letter Or Other Direct Solicitation Wishes

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Each day, the Make-A-Wish Foundation and its chapters receive hundreds of inquiries about chain letters claiming to be associated with the Foundation and featuring sick children. However, we do not participate in these kinds of wishes. Some names associated with these wishes are: Amy Bruce, Jeff DeLeon, Rhyan Desquetado, LaNisha Jackson, Nikisha Johnson, Jessie Anderson, Kayla Wightman, Craig Shergold, Craig Sheldon, Craig Sheppard, Craig Shelton, Craig Shelford, Anthony Hebrank, Chad Briody and Bryan Warner.

If you receive a chain letter claiming ties to the Foundation, please:

  • Inform the sender that the Foundation does not participate in chain letter wishes.
  • Refer the sender and all recipients to this page.
  • Do not forward the chain letter.
  • Refer senders to ways they can help the Foundation, such as referring a child, making a donation or volunteering at a local chapter.


Examples of false Make-A-Wish® chain letters currently circulating include:

  • Various versions of an e-mail claiming a sick child will receive money from the Foundation each time the e-mail is forwarded.
  • Sick children trying to get in the �Guinness Book of World Records� by receiving the most greeting cards or business cards.
  • Sick children requesting Christmas cards from around the country.

Only one of these requests is based in fact: In 1989, a then 9-year-old boy named Craig Shergold wanted to be recorded in the "Guinness Book of World Records" for receiving the most greeting cards. His wish was fulfilled in 1990 by another wish-granting organization not associated with the Make-A-Wish Foundation. He received more than 16 million cards. Craig is now a healthy adult, and he has requested an end to the mail. Mail that is received is forwarded to a recycling center.

The time and expense required to respond to these inquiries distracts the Foundation from its efforts on behalf of children with life-threatening medical conditions, and more importantly, can divulge information that is potentially harmful to a child and his or her family.

We Grant the Wishes