Frank Shankwitz, Founder of the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Dies

Credit: Arizona Department of Public Safety

Frank Shankwitz, the founder of the Make-A-Wish foundation and a former Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper, has died.

The news was confirmed after DPS sent an email to 12 News saying the department is mourning the loss of the former trooper.

“He was dedicated to AZDPS as well as Arizona families & children,” DPS said. “The Department has lost several venerable retirees in the last twelve months, & the AZDPS family grieves for each of them.”

Hollie Costello, the Vice President of Marketing and Public Relations at Make-A-Wish, also confirmed the news.

“Thanks to all of our generous founders, more than 500,000 children with critical illnesses worldwide have had the chance to experience the long-lasting, life-changing benefits of a wish,” Costello said. “Our thoughts and prayers are with the Shankwitz family.”

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SOURCE: KHOU, Hunter Bassler