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Family credits Pope Benedict XVI with saving boy from cancer

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DENVER (KUSA) - The world viewed Pope Benedict XVI as the leader of more than a billion Catholics world-wide. He was regularly seen speaking to thousands in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican. 


But Peter Srsich saw a different side of the pope.


When Peter was just 17 years old he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of cancer.


"He had a chest x-ray and it revealed a softball sized tumor in his chest," Laura Srsich, Peter's mother, said. "It was determined that it was stage four non-Hodgkin's lymphoma."


While doctors at Children's Hospital Colorado worked to save Peter's life, the Make-a-Wish Foundation granted him his wish.


"First thing Peter said, 'I'd love to go meet the Pope in Rome,'" Laura said.


On a sunny day in May Peter got his chance to meet Pope Benedict XVI in St. Peter's Square.


"When I got up to actually talk to him I was struck by how human he was," Peter said. "It was a humbling experience for me to see how humble he was."

KUSA

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