image Frank Shankwitz Black White Portrait ImageThe Tempe Sister Cities Award honors individuals who have made a substantial difference in people’s lives around the globe through their humanitarian efforts. This is Tempe Sister Cities’ way of thanking and honoring humanitarians who bring hope and comfort to deserving people worldwide. Making a World of Difference awards began in 2006 and has honored worthy humanitarians based upon their world-changing ideas and experiences.

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1n 1980, Frank and his co-workers and the Arizona Department of Safety helped a dying seven-year-old realize his dream of being a being a policeman by arranging rides in a patrol car and DPS helicopter and presenting the boy with a custom highway patrolman’s uniform. After the boy died, Frank and four others started the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant the wishes of terminally ill children. In Arizona, the foundation has granted wishes to over 3,000 children since 1980 – almost 200,000 kids have been served worldwide.