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Local 12-year-old cancer survivor shares his story of meeting Pope Francis

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COLUMBUS (WCMH) – Two weeks ago, 12-year-old cancer survivor Peter Lombardi’s dream of being kissed by Pope Francis came true. 

In April 2015, Peter was diagnosed with leukemia.

While going through chemotherapy, Peter and his family were watching the Papal Visit in Philadelphia. That’s when Peter said it was his dream to be kissed by the Pope. 

That wish would be fulfilled while on a pilgrimage to the Vatican with his family. 

“It was really in thanksgiving for Peter’s healing of his leukemia,” said his mother Brenda Lombardi. 

“He’s been that beacon of love with everyone he meets,” she said. 

A beacon of love that the Pope took notice of. 

“He kissed me,” said Peter. “He blessed me. He gave me a balloon!”

Brenda said they were just hoping to see Pope Francis from a distance, what they got was so much more. 

The Pope not only kissed and blessed Peter, but got him a ride in the Popemobile. 

“I just realized that Pete was going for a ride. The ride of his life,” said Brenda. 

On Thursday, Peter had his monthly check-up at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. 

“Every single month his counts have been great and he’s been in great health,” said Brenda. 

Peter’s battle through leukemia and the miracle of meeting the Pope is a story they continue to share to bring hope to others. 

“I think God really showed me that He wanted everyone in the world to hear about Peter’s story, about his healing, about his battle with leukemia and about the great care and through the gift of prayer how these stories can have a beautiful ending,” said Brenda. 

Besides meeting Pope Francis, it’s also Peter’s dream to battle Darth Vader. Make-A-Wish is going to make that happen at Disneyland. 

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