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About Make-A-Wish® Illinois
Make-A-Wish® creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. We seek to bring every eligible child's wish to life because a wish is an integral part of a child's treatment journey. Research shows children who have wishes granted can build the physical and emotional strength they need to fight their illness. Since being founded locally in 1985, Make-A-Wish Illinois has granted more than 14,000 wishes and continues its mission to share the power of a wish® with children in all areas of the state. To recommend a child or learn more, visit

About the Make-A-Wish Illinois Women's Network
The Women’s Network was founded to support the Make-A-Wish® mission of granting the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. This group provides support to Make-A-Wish® Illinois through personal philanthropy, peer to peer fundraising, and hands on wish experiences.

Thanks to the Make-A-Wish Illinois Women's Network:
Kelly Spowage, President
Meghan Crisp, Vice President
Katy Mickelson, Philanthropy Chair
Kim Grispo, Mission Enhancement Chair
Kim Hammond, Membership Chair
Erin McKeighan Orr, Members At Large Chair
Maggie Abramson
Keri Capraro
Lynette Friedman
Anna Gonis O’Connor
Lauren Hartog
Liz Howard
Valerie McInerney
Joette Murray
Lauren Niimi
Arlene Sanoy
Ritu Shah
Cindy Walsh
Carly Wolfe
Erin Woodhams

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