Boy who inspired Make-A-Wish Foundation honored

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Dozens of people at St. Joseph's Hospital Monday honored the seven-year-old boy who inspired the creation of the Make-a-Wish Foundation 35 years ago.

Make-A-Wish was founded right here in Phoenix in 1980. That's when a group of caring volunteers helped Christopher Greicius fulfill his dream of becoming a highway patrol officer.

Make-A-Wish has now evolved into one of the world's leading children's charities.

On Monday, Christopher's care team, his family, and members of DPS all reunited for the first time.

"His wish happened April 29, 1980," says Christopher's mom, Linda Bergendahl-Pauling. "That was the first wish, for the helicopter ride. The second one was when they came to the house and delivered the uniforms, and that was on May first. And of course he passed away on May 3rd."

The mission of Make-A-Wish International is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.

Photographs of Christopher will now permanently hang at the hospital.

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