Disclaimer: I was invited to a complimentary media screening of Wish Man.
From the studio: Wish Man is a biographical drama based on the life of Frank Shankwitz – creator of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The film begins when Frank Shankwitz, at age ten, is traumatically separated from his father and follows him through his rocky and traumatic youth. At age 38, we find Frank a motorcycle cop who’s at rock bottom in his personal life, until a near fatal accident creates a rare opportunity for Frank to meet a 7-year-old boy with terminal leukemia who dreams of becoming a police officer. The film’s message is clear: one boy’s wish changed a man. One man’s wish changed the world.
His story alone and the resilience he showed throughout his life makes his journey incredible.
But the fact that he took all that he faced and all of his trials and turned it into something beautiful that has helped millions of children is rare and unique and special.
His message in Wish Man is that creating kindness and beauty doesn’t have to be rare. We all have it within us to take our pain and turn it into something beautiful. It is his hope that we all find our own calling and change the life of those around us by granting one wish at a time.
Did you know that Frank is an Arizona treasure?! I was thrilled to learn that he now lives in Prescott, Arizona and many of the people in the film are from Arizona! If you weren’t already convinced to go see it, now you know you’ll also be supporting local!
I loved the movie. It is a moving, thought provoking film that would be a perfect date night. Let me know if you get the chance to go see it! I’d love to hear your reaction in the comments.