Kids Wish Network was founded in 1997 by Shelley and Mark Breiner, and Shelley’s mother Barbara Askin, with the mission of granting wishes to children suffering with life-threatening conditions. During Shelley’s father’s fight with cancer, the Breiners regularly encountered young cancer patients and their families, and witnessed firsthand the trauma of a patient’s fight through treatment. Following her father’s death, Shelley and Mark sold their family business and embarked on the creation of Kids Wish Network as a way to make a difference in the lives of children in need.
Although other wish-granting organizations existed, our founders had ideas for important programs and services not being offered by other charities. Within a few short years, the programs that were created were in such demand that Kids Wish Network’s scope grew nationally.
Shelley and Mark have retired from Kids Wish Network, but continue to serve as our Guardian Angels, having dedicated their lives to making a difference in the lives of sick children and their families. Shelley’s mother, Barbara Askin, retired from Kids Wish Network in 2012.
What started as a project working out of the Breiner’s kitchen has become a program serving more than 50,000 children a year worldwide. We are so grateful to the Breiners for their compassion and dedication to children in need, and their contributions have left an indelible mark on Kids Wish Network.
“I look forward to seeing Kids Wish Network build upon the legacy we have created and continue to offer innovative programs and services to help many more children in the future.” – Shelley Breiner