GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. The Make-A-Wish Foundation is an organization that helps kids with life-threatening illnesses fulfill their greatest wish.
For Courtney Grieger, a local teen with cystic fibrosis, Make-A-Wish has made one of her biggest dreams come true.
“A lot of kids with disabilities or illnesses don’t get to do the same stuff that a normal person would get to do. Make-A-Wish is a really great opportunity for people to get out and do something that they’d never be able to do on their own,” said Courtney.
Courtney made a list of possible wishes but ultimately decided she wanted to meet Hunter Hayes.
Make-A-Wish normally takes about a year to grant wishes, so Courtney was pleasantly surprised by a phone call shortly after contacting the foundation.
"A few weeks after we had talked about it, they said they actually had a spot. They had already talked to him, and Hunter Hayes wanted to meet us," said Courtney.
Courtney and her family originally intended to fly out to New York and attend his concert, but the trip hit some speed bumps when Courtney got sick.
Instead, Make-A-Wish flew Courtney out to CMA Country Christmas once she was well enough to travel.
Courtney was able to tour the Country Music Hall of Fame, meet Hunter Hayes, and even sing a few songs live with the country star.
"It's something that I'll definitely remember forever and tell everybody about," said Courtney.
An event took place Monday night at Allen Unique Autos to raise money and awareness for Cystic Fibrosis before the airing of CMA Country Christmas.