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Michael Jordan makes record $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish Foundation for his 60th birthday

(CNN) — Basketball Hall of Famer Michael Jordan has made a record $10 million donation to Make-A-Wish America to celebrate his 60th birthday, the organization announced Wednesday. This is the largest donation that an individual has given to the entity in its 43-year history.

Jordan, who turns 60 this Friday, hopes her donation will inspire others to support Make-A-Wish.

“For the past 34 years, it has been an honor to partner with Make-A-Wish and help bring a smile and happiness to so many children,” the Charlotte Hornets owner said in a statement. “Witnessing their strength and resilience during such a difficult time in their lives has truly been an inspiration. I can’t think of a better birthday present than to see others join me in supporting Make-A-Wish so that every child can experience the magic of making their wish come true.”

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The first wish Jordan granted was in 1989. He has “granted hundreds of wishes to children around the world,” according to the organization. Jordan was named a Make-A-Wish Ambassador “for the life-changing impact on Wish children and their families” in 2008.

“For Michael to use his birthday as an opportunity to make history with Make-A-Wish speaks to the quality of his character and his loyal dedication to improving the lives of critically ill children,” said Leslie Motter, president and CEO of Make-A-Wish America. “We hope the public will be inspired to follow in his footsteps by helping make wishes come true.”

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