Join the Sharecare Movement With Make-A-Wish® Hawaii

The organization grants wishes to keiki with critical illnesses around the state.

Join the Sharecare Movement With Make-A-Wish® Hawaii

Medically reviewed in December 2020

Seven-year-old Atlas loves Hobbits. From their small stature and big, hairy feet, to their miniature, in-ground Hobbit holes, Atlas adores everything about the mythical beings conjured up by J.R.R. Tolkien in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogy. The one thing he wished for more than anything was the chance to see the real-life Hobbiton in Matamata, New Zealand, where Peter Jackson's iconic movies were filmed. And in June 2018, thanks to Make-A-Wish® Hawaii, Atlas did just that.

Atlas, like many keiki, has a critical illness—in his case, cystic fibrosis. He's one of more than 1,300 children from across the state of Hawaii to receive a wish since Make-A-Wish Hawaii was founded in 1982. Additionally, the organization has hosted over 14,000 visiting wish kids from around the world.

The wish that started it all
The national organization traces back to a single wish in Arizona in 1980, when 7-year-old Chris Greicius dreamed of becoming a police officer “to catch bad guys." Chris had leukemia, and local officers worked to make him Arizona’s first and only honorary Department of Public Safety Officer. That wish sparked a movement and inspired the founding of Make-A-Wish.

Within a few short years, different chapters started cropping up, including Make-A-Wish Hawaii, which was one of the first local chapters, and continues to be one of the busiest in the country.

Over the years, the mission of Make-A-Wish Hawaii has grown to view wishes as a way to improve a child’s overall wellness. They are currently granted to kids between the ages of 2.5 and 18 who have a progressive, degenerative or malignant ailment that places their life in jeopardy.

“A wish isn’t a nice thing to have—it’s a necessary thing to have,” medical advisory board chair Jeremy Edwards, MD, told Make-A-Wish staff in a recent video. "And we’re really seeing a wish is medicine. A wish is a part of their therapy, their treatment, and a huge piece of hope."

Sharecare and HMSA: teaming up for the community
In 2017, about 78 cents of every dollar Make-A-Wish Hawaii received went directly toward granting wishes, which is part of why the nonprofit is considered one of the top charities in the state—and one reason Sharecare and HMSA chose Make-A-Wish as one of the benefiting charities for the #SharecareMovement.

If you’re in Hawaii and want to make a difference for Make-A-Wish Hawaii, the easiest thing to do is register for Sharecare and take the RealAge Test. For every Hawaii resident who registers for Sharecare and takes the RealAge Test through November 30, 2018, Sharecare will donate $5 across five charities. From there, log your green days! For each green day earned, Sharecare will donate an another $1. With enough green days and new users, Make-A-Wish could earn up to $100,000 to grant even more wishes.

For Atlas, flying to New Zealand to see Hobbiton was an exciting adventureone he and his family will never forget. “The wish gave our family memories to last a lifetime," his mother, Meredith, told Make-A-Wish staff, "to always have something to remind Atlas of how special he is no matter what he’s going through.”

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