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LAPD pitches in to make child's wish come true

June 24, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
Battling a serious illness can really take its toll on a person, especially a young child. But the Make-A-Wish Foundation does what it can to ease the burden a bit. Thursday, one young man's spirit soared, thanks to the organization and the LAPD.It was a special day Thursday a boy named Steve will never forget, thanks to the Los Angeles Police Department and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. Steve was given a bird's-eye view of the city. Then he was showered with gifts. One in particular put a huge smile on his face.

Steve, 8, of Pomona, is just coming down from a high-flying experience with the LAPD Air Support Division.

The young leukemia patient was taken up in the police chopper and given a tour of the entire city Thursday as part of his wish through the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"This is our Air Support Challenge coin. It's got a picture of the helicopter just like the one you were on," said an Air Support officer.

Steve is a little shy. He's not used to TV cameras following him around and reporters asking questions.

The whole day was a surprise for Steve. He was picked up in the morning at his home in a police cruiser, then brought to the LAPD Air Support Division for his ride-along.

And the fun didn't stop there. Afterwards he was treated to lunch at the LAPD Police Academy, where he was presented with gifts. The one he's most excited about was the Xbox 360 game system.

The LAPD has helped make Steve's dream come true, but this exciting day is merely a small break from his battle with cancer, a battle everyone around him hopes he can win.

Steve was still overwhelmed and little exhausted by the end of his day with the LAPD.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation is the largest wish-granting charity in the world. The Greater Los Angeles Chapter will set out to grant their seven-thousandth wish in the next few weeks.