Inspiring the world by making wishes come true

Frank Shankwitz and I met in person a little over a year ago for the first time and hearing is presentation moved most of the audience to the tissue box. I knew then and there, I must have him on my radio show to share him and his story with you. In our interview he shares the touching story of the little boy that inspired the beginning of the Make-A-Wish foundation as his wish was the first one granted.

He is best known as the creator and a founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an extraordinary charity that grants the wishes to children with life-threatening illnesses. Today, every 28 minutes a child is granted a wish somewhere in the world.

From humble beginnings, the Make-A-Wish Foundation is now a global organization that grants a child’s wish somewhere in the world on an average of every 28 minutes. Frank is a U.S. Air Force veteran, and has a long and distinguished career in law enforcement. He began as an Arizona Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer, and retired as a Homicide Detective with the Arizona Department of Public Safety, with 42 years of service.

Frank has been featured in numerous publications and television programs, and has received several awards, including the White House Call To Service Award from President George W. Bush. In 2015 Frank joined six U.S. Presidents as well as Nobel Prize winners and industry leaders as a recipient of the Ellis Island Medal of Honor. In December 2015, Frank was presented with an Honorary Doctorate Degree, Doctor of Public Service, from The Ohio State University.

In December, 2015, Frank was identified as one of the “10 Most Amazing Arizonans” in a front page article in the Arizona Republic newspaper. In January, 2016, Frank was identified in a Forbes Magazine article as a Top Ten Keynote Speaker. Frank’s new book, “Wishman” was released in October, 2016 and is available at

Frank’s life story will soon be featured in an upcoming motion picture, “Wish Man”. I can’t wait to see this… he does give us a peek behind the curtain regarding the actors that are already cast, story line becomes solid and a few more details. Great time today with Frank. Enjoy.

Further information is available on Frank’s website,

January 31, 2017
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