Frank ShankwitzWish Man Movie

About Frank Shankwitz

Raised in northern Arizona, Frank attended grade school in Seligman, and Junior High and High School in Prescott, graduating from Prescott High School in 1961. Frank graduated from Phoenix College in 1970, with continuing education at Arizona Western College and Arizona State University.

Franks Story

14,800 Wishes Nationwide

The Make-A-Wish Foundation was inspired by Chris, a 7-year old boy with leukemia, who wanted to be a Highway Patrol Motorcycle Officer like his heroes, Ponch and John from CHIPS. Chris was the inspiration for Frank’s idea to start a non-profit foundation that would let children 'make a wish' and have it come true. Read more >>>

From Franks Blog


How it all began

A Cause Greater than You      “Mommy,” Chris said, “When I grow up I want to be a police officer.” His mother just smiled. As long he was willing to fight, she would not give up hoping for a miracle. It broke her heart to see her little boy suffer. The odds were against him […]


Making Wishes Come True

Each day we have the opportunity to improve another life. Whether it’s Time, Attention, or even a kind word, it doesn’t take much to brighten someone’s spirit!