Mom of boy who inspired Make A Wish reunited with doctor and staff

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A heartwarming reunion to honor the little boy who inspired the Make A Wish Foundation, he was a patient at St. Joseph's Hospital.

That is where the reunion was held.

Photographs of the boy will now permanently hang at the hospital, his mom, doctor, and hospital staff were all reunited.

7-year-old Chris Greicius inspired the Make A Wish Foundation 35-years-ago.

"350,000 children around the world have been touched by one little boy," said Linda Pauling.

Chris's mother was reunited with his doctor for the first time since Chris was treated for Leukemia and passed away at the hospital in 1980.

"I feel very blessed, my sister says there is a reason for everything, and I believe that entirely," said Pauling.

Linda tried her hardest to give Chris a full life after he was given three years to live. In those three years, the community worked together to grant two of his wishes.

"That was the first wish, the helicopter ride; the second one was when they came to the house and delivered the uniform," she said.

Chris wanted to be an officer with DPS, and they helped make that dream come true, giving him a uniform and pinning a badge on him, and letting him ride-along during a traffic stop.

"Chris became so involved with the whole hospital, and when he died we had a little funeral in our chapel because everyone was connected to that sweet little boy," said Sister Madonna Marie.

A shadow box unveiled at the hospital to honor and remember Chris. 

"I'm getting old, and I wouldn't want anyone to miss the wonderful story, and I wanted to show Linda how much we care," she said.

St. Joseph's hospital not only treated Chris, who inspired Make A Wish, they also treated the first recipient in 1981. 

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