Throughout his career, Justin Bieber has released four albums and sold more than 44 million records in the United States alone. His songs have become chart-topping hits that dominate downloads and airwaves. He has over 90 million followers on Twitter. But what most people don’t know, however, is that he’s also granted over 250 million wishes for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants the “wishes” of children with life-threatening illnesses.
Bieber granted his first wish in 2009, and since then, he’s become the first recording artist to grant more than 200 wishes and one of only four people to ever reach that milestone. In fact, Bieber has granted the second-most wishes of any individual in Make-A-Wish’s history; he is behind only wrestling superstar John Cena, the all-time Make-A-Wish record holder, who has granted more than 500 wishes. In recognition of all the wishes he’s granted, in 2011, Bieber received the Make-A-Wish Foundation’s prestigious Chris Greicius Celebrity Award.
Having your wish granted by the music sensation might include gifts, like a signed guitar, tickets to one of his concerts–which Bieber pays for–as well as an opportunity to take photographs and spend time with the singer. According to Make-A-Wish, he grants a wish at nearly every stop on his tours.
Beyond granting wishes, Bieber supports the Make-A-Wish Foundation in other ways. He named the organization as his charity of choice for his Believe Campaign in 2012, and he donated a portion of the proceeds from sales of his Christmas album and perfume sales during the holiday season.
So although he might have a reputation as a bit of a bad boy, Justin Bieber is an example of someone who pays forward the good fortune that he’s had in life by making wishes come true.
Windows USA is a proud supporter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Each year, we sponsor a child’s wish: Last year, we were able to help send a child and his family to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.