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Darryl Davis, Highest Rated Speakers at the National Association Of Realtors® Convention for the past 11 years interviewed Frank Shankwitz on the Wish Man Story.

Frank has been published, spoken about, seen and featured in…

August 25, 2016, The Higher Connection Network of Beverly Hills presented the Higher Lifetime Achievement Award.

In 2004, Frank received “The President’s Call To Service” award from President George W. Bush.

In 2006, Frank received the “Making A Difference In The World” award from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.

Frank, along with Cindy McCain, received the “Making A World Of Difference” award from Tempe, Arizona Sister City Foundation.

In December, 2015, Frank was identified as one of the, “10 Most Amazing Arizonans” in a front page article in the Arizona Republic.

Frank has been featured USA Magazine, The Huffington Post, Professional Performance Magazine, and the Arizona Republic’s “100 Years – What Is Right With Arizona” by columnist E.J. Montini.

Frank has been featured in the documentary film, “Stickability“, along with numerous television programs, including “U.S. Customs Classified”, “Real Stories of the Highway Patrol”, “COPS”, “New American Thunder’s, “A Wish of Hope”, “The Glenn Beck Show”, Fox News “Heroes and Stories”, and CBS “60 Minutes”.

Featured in Books

Wishman

 

by Frank Shankwitz (Author), Kitty Shankwitz – “Wishman” is a story about a man who put giving back on the map and created the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The story drops into Frank’s sad and difficult childhood. A childhood that was not his, but the byproduct of his mother’s whims. Constantly on the move and frequently hungry and homeless, doing without was the norm. Along his journey, glimmers of kindness from strangers were extended from the communities he landed in – a meal or shelter when neither were in sight. Each of these moments of generosity laid the path for Frank to walk and choose a life of giving – to his country and then his community. His choices eventually led to several brushes with death and a chance meeting of a dying child -all of which answered a question we all face.  Why am I here?
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Image Universal Wish by Greg S. Reid, Forward by Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make a Wish Foundation

Universal Wish

by Greg S. Reid with the Forward by Frank Shankwitz – Hannah Braun is a young, successful literary agent in New York City. When she experiences an unexpected setback at work, her carefully constructed life is thrown into disarray and she finds herself questioning all that she has worked so hard for. After hearing Frank Shankwitz, of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, speak one night, Hannah embarks on a journey that will take her across the country and back as she tries to determine just what her purpose in life is. Along the way, she encounters numerous people who have both sage wisdom and practical advice to share to help her define exactly what it is she truly wants to do and how she is going to achieve it.

Image Book cover - Once Upon A Wish: True Inspirational Stories of Make-A-Wish Children Book Cover by by Frank Shankwitz (Author), Rachelle Sparks (Author) - In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families. With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children–their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into their worlds, allowing us to become part of their darkest moments, their unimaginable realities, their greatest hopes, deepest fears, and unbelievable triumphs. http://amzn.to/2a0J2Q4 ISBN-10: 1937856127 ISBN-13: 978-1937856120

Once Upon a Wish

 

by Rachelle Sparks – In the last 30 years, the Make-A-Wish Foundation® has granted nearly 300,000 wishes worldwide to children battling life-threatening illnesses, shedding light on worlds darkened by disease and bringing hope to children and their families.

With a foreword by Make-A-Wish® cofounder Frank Shankwitz, Once Upon A Wish shares the wishes of eight children–their stories inspiring testimonials to the resilience and strength of the human spirit. These families generously invite us into their worlds, allowing us to become part of their darkest moments, their unimaginable realities, their greatest hopes, deepest fears, and unbelievable triumphs.

 

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The Power of Legacy

 

by Randy Sutton, featuring Frank Shankwitz – Prepare yourself for a journey, because you’re about to meet some of our nation’s most successful people–and those who made them who they are. What defines a successful life? Legacy–what we leave behind; what we pass on to others. There are Heroes Among Us Who Have Become an Inspiration to Us All. Featuring stories from Bonnie Carroll, Kevin Saunders, Father Joe Carroll, Jacquelyn Mitchard, Sandy Heverly. Incredible stories of compassion, charity, sharing, leadership, justice and courage, told by some of America’s most inspiring men and women. – THIS IS THE POWER OF LEGACY

Image Universal Wish by Greg S. Reid, Forward by Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make a Wish Foundation

Mission Next

 

by Phil Randazzo, including the real life story of vet Frank Shankwitz – Discover a New Mission Monica, an army vet who used to rescue fallen soldiers, now struggles to save herself. Noah, a former marine battling demons and the bottle, can’t hold down a job or a relationship. But with guidance from real-life vets turned successful business leaders and entrepreneurs, they’re about to take their skills from the battlefront to the home front. Mission Next will inspire all members of the military looking to achieve civilian success. All proceeds from the sale of the print and Kindle versions of this book go directly to American Dream U, a registered non profit – 501c(3). For more details, visit www.AmericanDreamU.org.

Image Universal Wish by Greg S. Reid, Forward by Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make a Wish Foundation

Heros for my Son

 

by Brad Meltzer – Since the birth of his son in 2003, bestselling novelist Brad Meltzer (The Book of Fate, The Tenth Justice, The Book of Lies) has been collecting heroes from whom his son can learn how to live a good life. In Heroes for My Son, Meltzer shares, with parents everywhere, featuring the stories of 52 real life heros including Frank Shankwitz, Dr. Seuss, Mr. Rogers to Mother Theresa and Mohandas Gandhi.

Image Universal Wish by Greg S. Reid, Forward by Frank Shankwitz, founder of Make a Wish Foundation

Sticakability

 

by Greg S. Reid, The Napoleon Hill Foundation – A thought-provoking book that shows readers of all ages and backgrounds how they, too, can not only apply the self-motivation principles of Napoleon Hill’s timeless and groundbreaking self-help volume Think and Grow Rich, but make them stick. Combining author Greg S. Reid’s modern business wisdom; interviews with numerous business celebrities, such as Steve Wozniak (cofounder of Apple), Frank Shankwitz (founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation), and Martin Cooper (inventor of the cell phone); and valuable information from the secret files previously available only to the Napoleon Hill Foundation and its members

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President’s Call to Service Award

In 2004, Frank Shankwitz received the President's Call to Service Award. The President's Call to Service Award is awarded by the President of the United States to people who have completed more than 4,000 hours of community service. It is the highest level of the...

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