PHOENIX — Frank Shankwitz, a co-founder of the Make-A-Want charity and a former Arizona state trooper, has died.
The Make-A-Want group confirmed Shankwitz’s dying. He died at his dwelling in Prescott of esophageal most cancers Jan. 24. He was 77.
Make-A-Want is understood for granting the desires of youngsters coping with crucial diseases. “Needs” vary from journeys to day-long experiences.
The group was created in 1980 after Shankwitz and 5 others helped a 7-year-old Phoenix boy battling leukemia be a freeway patrol officer for a day. Shankwitz additionally initially served as president and CEO.
The charity estimates it has helped understand the desires of greater than 500,000 youngsters. It has grown to 60 chapters nationwide.
Shankwitz was a patrol officer with the Arizona Division of Public Security from 1972 till his retirement in 1996, based on the state company. He remained a reserve detective but in addition labored for the Arizona Motor Automobile Division’s Workplace of Particular Investigations. In all, he labored 42 years in regulation enforcement.