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Billy’s wish helps him serve the community

Wish kid Billy

“ ... a gift that allows him to help others, now and far into the future. ”

Billy has strong sense of community. His friends and neighbors are important to him, and he’s found a way to serve them – as a volunteer firefighter. So when Billy was diagnosed with cancer, the people in his community stood by him and were instrumental in granting his wish.

Billy told Make-A-Wish volunteers that his one true wish was to have his truck customized. But not to transform it into a luxury ride … no, Billy wanted his truck to be ready for firefighting duty whenever he needs to respond to his community’s call.

A local car dealership stepped up. Its team of experts took Billy’s truck into the shop. They devoted all their attention and skill to making it the perfect truck for a volunteer firefighter.

When it was ready, Billy arrived at the dealership to find his truck on display, front and center in the showroom. The centerpieces of the transformation were high-powered lights: an emergency vehicle lightbars that flashes red and blue, plus a spotlight to illuminate any dark scene during an emergency. The dealership staff also had a party laid out for him with pizza, decorations and dessert.

People in Billy’s community did more than transform his truck. They also transformed Billy’s life – first, by giving him something other than his illness to think about. And then by giving him a gift that allows him to help others, now and far into the future. 

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Jo Anne G.

Your organization does SO much good. It has been 20 years since you helped my granddaughter with a trip to Disneyland. She is still a 24/7 care invalid. She had had an asthma attack and was without oxygen for half an hour. It left her like a person with Cerebral Palsy. It was nearly a year. She had come out of her coma. but was morose. At Disneyworld she came out of her shell and laughed for the first time. She still can only talk to us and make choices with her eyes, but that was a start for her. Blessings.

September 09, 2013 - 8:08 AM

Gail G.

These stories are incredible! Billy was able to participate in making his wish come true and he inspires others to do the same. Make-A-Wish America deserves a lot of credit. 'I' only wish I could help about financially but on a VERY fixed income it makes that impossible.

My best wishes and support for all the good work that you do. Thank you!


September 09, 2013 - 9:44 AM

Wendy D.

Gail, I love that you are so supportive of the Make-A-Wish mission! My husband and I have been volunteer wish graters for about 12 years, both here and in Wisconsin. When we first started, we knew that we could not help much financially while we were raising our kids, but we were thrilled to find out that our local chapter was in need of all sorts of other types of help! Whether as a wish granter, being the "face" of Make-A-Wish for families, or helping in the office, or helping to make fundraisers happen, this organization has been a beautiful addition to our family volunteer efforts! It's not just about the funds to grant wishes, it's about the labor of love that you can contribute that makes these wishes so special!

September 09, 2013 - 4:00 PM


I am thrilled that young Billy got his wish and in part contributes to his community needs. Keep believing Billy and never give up! Nice comments, too.

September 09, 2013 - 5:59 PM

David R

Im glad you had your wish granted Billy, may this be only the beginning of blessings coming your way. You serve as an inspiration to me and many others. Keep up the good work, God bless all of you.

September 10, 2013 - 1:18 AM


This is wonderful. It is so refreshing to see a teenager think of others instead of being so self centered.

September 10, 2013 - 1:55 PM

Cheyenne C.

Wow! That is amazing! So sad that he has cancer at the age of 17 but amazing that he had a chance to do that!!

September 11, 2013 - 2:22 PM

Arikah I'm 14

Having a brother with a disability and being a firefighter it's amazing that Billy wants to do this! I say go for it Billy. Don't let this devil diease take away ur dream! Fight and be the firefighter u want to be. I hope everthing goes well for u and ur family Billy. God Bless

May 05, 2014 - 9:42 AM

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