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The making of the 'Wish Man'

In 1980 highway patrol officer Frank Shankwitz helped grant the dying wish of a boy who dreamed of joining the police; he inspired Frank to set up the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Frank Shankwitz is the co-founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organisation that since 1980 has granted hundreds of thousands of wishes for children with life-threatening medical conditions. Frank’s inspiration came from his own difficult childhood, a near-death experience and an encounter with a 7-year-old boy named Chris Greicius.

Frank is the subject of a recently released feature film called Wish Man.

Presenter: Andrea Kennedy
Producer: Tom Harding Assinder

Picture: Frank Shankwitz and Chris Greicius
Credit: Frank Shankwitz

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27 minutes