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This Man Was Dead for 4 Minutes Before Being Revived. Then, He Created One of the Most Beloved Foundations in America.

Frank Shankwitz wondered why he'd been spared before starting the Make-a-Wish Foundation.
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Frank Shankwitz, the founder of Make-A-Wish, was in a massive motorcycle accident on the highway that left him dead for several minutes. When he was revived, he battled with the question: Why have I been spared?

Then, Shankwitz met a 7-year-old boy with leukemia who only had a couple of weeks to live, on the set of Chips, where the boy's favorite TV characters worked. Shankwitz witnessed firsthand the joy the experience brought the boy -- the joy of having a wish come true. And he started wondering why he couldn't make more wishes come true for other children. 

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