Local News in Brief : Dying Child’s Wish: To Meet President

When the Make-a-Wish Foundation, an organization that grants wishes for terminally ill children, asked cystic fibrosis sufferer Jeffrey Baird what he wanted the most in the world, the Van Nuys boy thought it over. He decided against trying a stint as a guest DJ or meeting his favorite rock group, Guns ‘n’ Roses.

Instead, Jeffrey, 12, will leave Saturday for Washington, where he is to meet President George Bush on Monday.

“I had a few choices, and I couldn’t really decide,” Jeffrey said. “I said, ‘Which would be harder to do? Whatever that is would be the best one.’ ”