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Little Wish Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that grants wishes to children with cancer. Since 2010, nearly 1,000 wishes have been granted to children across Indiana and four other states. We have witnessed these wishes bring hope and joy to a child in a very tough time.  A little bit of help can make a big difference in a child’s life.

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This is a story about Max…

“Little Wish” is a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization that was started by Liz Niemiec, at age 17, in the memory of Max Olson. At age one, Max was adopted from Russia and was brought to the Olson’s loving home. At age four, Max was diagnosed with Wilm’s Tumor, a rare kidney cancer, In December of 2007. Unfortunately, his two-and-a-half-year battle ended. His unbelievable courage and strength is the inspiration behind Little Wish Foundation.

Max’s little wish was to have a pet dog, which his parents granted and he so excitedly named “Chewy,” after his favorite Star Wars character.  Liz saw how happy this gift made him so she decided she wanted to make “little wishes” come true for other children suffering from cancer to bring them some happiness.  This idea led to the creation of Little Wish Foundation.  We have found that these “little wishes” granted have given children with cancer hope, happiness and sometimes a reason to get through the day. A little wish is much more than a distraction for a child battling cancer, but each wish granted stands as a testament to being there to help “Max’s friends,” as he was well-known for making many friends amongst other kids, nurses and doctors in the hospitals while receiving his treatments. Live Life to the MAX!”

Meet Our Founder:
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Liz attended Butler University, studying Non-profit Administration (May 2016). While attending college, she continued leading the foundation in communications, fundraising efforts, and awareness.

Liz Niemiec

Founder & COO

Words from Liz:

“At 17-years-old I was inspired by a very brave boy named Max Olson that lost his battle to cancer much too young. Upon attending Max’s wake in March of 2010, I promised Max that I would keep his memory alive and help “his friends,” aka other children that are battling cancer like he had. I was so bothered seeing an innocent child lose his battle at such a young age that I couldn’t help but think of all of the other children out there that were going through the same thing, unfairly. After Little Wish was developed, I quickly found ways to recruit any family, friends, local community members of my hometown of Michigan City, IN and other businesses to help me raise money and awareness to make these little wishes possible.
With our first fundraiser raising approximately $11,000 and the first official “little wish” being granted to no one other than my high school classmate, I knew that this would only be the very beginning of my journey in helping Max’s friends. I am constantly inspired and blown away by the bravery of children with cancer, and each time a wish is granted- I know that Max is there, too. Thank you to all who have helped, and continue to help, make so many Little Wishes come true.”
2016 Recipient of Ten Outstanding Young Americans Award, presented by JCI USA, Jaycees Foundation
St. Gabriel the Archangel Servant Award
Delta Gamma Fraternity “30 Under 30” by Anchora Magazine
Indiana Pacers’ Hoosier Hero Award
Jefferson Award Winner
Prudential Spirit of Community Award
Power of Children: Making a Difference Award