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Make-A-Wish: Ripons Greenwood is London bound
Ripons Joseph Greenwood, left, is all smiles at his send-off dinner. The leukemia patient is headed to the Olympics in London thanks to the Make-A-Wish Foundation. - photo by HIME ROMERO

RIPON – Joseph Greenwood received an Olympic send-off Friday compliments of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Diagnosed and treated for Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia, the 2011 graduate of Ripon High is looking forward to the London Summer Games.

He and his family – included are his parents, Stephanie and Darren, older sister Elizabeth and younger brother Nicolas – are scheduled to attend the finals and medal ceremonies for both track & field and freestyle wrestling.

“Those are two sports I enjoyed playing in high school,” he said at the event held at Pizza Plus.

Greenwood was thrilled to see many of his close friends, family and relatives at the Make-A-Wish gathering.

“If I could I would take them all with us (to the Olympics),” he said.

According to Teresa Kahl, who is a Make-A-Wish volunteer, he was the only person from this area to request the Summer Games.

“I’m sure there are others from Make-A-Wish who will also be attending,” she said.

At last count, Greenwood will be joined by about 40 who also made the wish to attend the London Games.

From the foundation, he also received a carry-on bag filled with Make-A-Wish trading pins, a water bottle, traveling itinerary, and sour candies. “Sour candies work well with the medication I’m taking,” said Greenwood, who will be attending California State University, Stanislaus late next month.

He’s also looking forward to visiting Big Ben and the 443-foot-tall London Eye observation wheel while at the Summer Olympics.

“I’m hoping to catch a glimpse of the Queen (Elizabeth II),” said his mother Stephanie.