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Like many other seven-year-old boys, Christopher James Greicius dreamt of being a police officer when he grew up. When he was diagnosed with leukaemia, it was doubtful if his wish would ever become a reality. Determined to give her son an experience to remember, his mother, Linda, asked the officers at the Arizona Department of Public Safety (DPS) for assistance in granting his wish — a task they were more than eager to oblige.
29 April 1980 was indeed a special day for Chris. A DPS helicopter picked him up bright and early, and Chris got to enjoy a bird’s eye view of the city of Phoenix. Chris was sworn in as the first ever honorary state trooper in Arizona history, and given his very own custom-made uniform to match his law enforcement buddies. An avid lover of bubble gum, he was affectionately nicknamed the “Bubble Gum Trooper” by his new friends, who later presented him a motorcycle wings badge to pin on to his uniform after he aced the motorcycle proficiency test on his battery-operated motorcycle.
He was so proud of being a patrolman that he requested for his uniform and other memorabilia to be displayed in his hospital room. Chris passed away not long after his wish took place, but the hope, strength and joy that was given to him left a lasting impression on the people who were integral in granting his wish. This inspired the creation of the Chris Greicius Make-A-Wish Memorial, which later became known as the Make-A-Wish® Foundation.
Today, Make-A-Wish® has expanded to over 60 chapters in the United States and serves children in nearly 50 countries around the world, with Malaysia being the 35th affiliate.