Peter told Make-A-Wish® Colorado that he wanted to meet someone very important to him.
Peter may only be 17 years old, but he speaks and writes with the eloquence and purpose an individual far beyond his years. However, just before his senior year of high school Peter was diagnosed with large B cell lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. Following Peter’s diagnosis, his social worker referred him to Make-A-Wish Colorado for a wish. When wish grantors approached Peter, he responded with a thoughtful and heartfelt response about why the opportunity to meet Pope Benedict XVI was his one true wish.
During his wish interview, Peter expressed that he had long dreamed of becoming a priest and described how he was planning to devote his life to the faith he so deeply valued. For Peter, meeting Pope Benedict XVI would truly have an impact on his faith and would provide him with the courage, motivation and inspiration needed to begin a new chapter of his life. This wish come true would also offer Peter a breath of fresh air after his courageous battle with cancer.
In late May, just days after Peter graduated from high school, Peter, his parents and younger brother flew to the Eternal City where Peter’s wish to meet Pope Benedict XVI came true. The morning of his wish began with the family attending the Pope Audience in St. Peter’s Square. There, Peter was seated as close as one can get to the Pope during an Audience. He was able to listen to the Pope’s words firsthand and feel for himself what it was like to sit in the historic square.
It was during the Audience that Peter’s wish came true as he was able to meet Pope Benedict XVI. During his meeting, Peter received a blessing from the Pope and shared some quiet words with his inspiration. Peter even had the chance to share with the Pope a very special prayer bracelet that Peter and his supporters had used to during his treatments. Following the meeting, Peter and his family attended mass at St. Peter’s Basilica and enjoyed a celebration lunch.
Meeting Pope Benedict XVI was an experience that only deepened Peter’s desire to become a priest and created light during the toughest time of his life. Today, Peter is cancer-free and is extremely grateful for an experience that he will carry with him for a lifetime. This was a very special wish indeed!