Oil City News
Local and statewide law enforcement are helping Make-A-Wish Wyoming celebrate World Wish Day during the month of April.
Make-A-Wish Wyoming officials sent out an announcement about the collaboration Monday afternoon. They tell the story of 7-year-old Chris Greicius, a young boy battling leukemia, who dreamed of being a police officer. A group of police officers and various law enforcement agencies made it their responsibility to ensure that Chris’ wish became a reality and on April 29, 1980 Chris became Arizona’s first and only honorary Department of Public Safety officer.
Chris’ wish was the beginning of the Make-A-Wish organization, and the first of more than 350,000 wishes to be granted world-wide. Annually, Make-A-Wish chapters celebrate his wish on April 29 as World Wish Day.
In celebration of World Wish Day this year on April 29, 2017, Make-A-Wish Wyoming is partnering with law enforcement across the state in remembrance of Chris and the 534 wishes that have since been granted of Wyoming children with life-threatening medical conditions. Participating law enforcement are displaying “Make-A-Wish Supporter” decals on all active duty vehicles throughout the month of April.
Participating departments and communities include: Casper, Douglas, Green River, Jackson, Lander, Powell, Rock Springs, Sheridan, Wheatland, and the Wyoming Highway Patrol.
Make-A-Wish Wyoming currently has 39 pending wishes including those Casper, Douglas, Green River, Jackson, Lander, Powell, Rock Springs, Sheridan, and Wheatland.
Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions. To be eligible for a wish, a child must be between the ages of 2 ½ and 18 years old and have a life-threatening illness that is defined as progressive, degenerative or malignant.
To discover how to be involved, visit www.wyoming.wish.org.