“Children’s Wish is very proud of these partnerships,” says Jennifer Petersen, Children’s Wish BC and Yukon Chapter Director. “It’s an honor be invited back to the Diamond Rally, and to be chosen as the charity of choice by Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver. Together we will change a sick child’s life.”
Last year, Diamond Rally supporters teamed up to grant #JoeysWish, raising over $60,000 – more than double what they set out to raise, and bringing in the funds to grant several more wishes. This year wish kid Nick, a 14-year-old Star Wars and supercar fan, is the inspiration to kick up the horsepower and create the ‘Children’s Wish Force’!
Nick’s story is one of courage, strength and insight. At a very young age, he lost his father and grandmother to cancer. Since then he has borne witness to several friends and relatives fight and beat the disease which has allowed him to draw on their strength and determination to fight his own battle.
Nick, at 13, faced a sinus tumor called naso rhabdomyosarcoma. All of a sudden, Nick’s life went from one of being a normal active kid, to committing to 43 weeks of chemo therapy and an additionally intense and arduous radiation treatment schedule. Ever since that moment, through all the surgeries, tests and treatments Nick has dreamt of realizing his most heartfelt wish: to go to a tropical paradise with his mom, step-dad and 5 brothers and ‘chill’ on a beautiful beach.
Inspired by the joy of a wish, we are looking to unite supercar enthusiasts and local businesses to grant Nick’s Wish. Two Ferraris and a Maserati will be wrapped in logos and representing the “dark side” and the “light side. On May 12, the Children’s Wish Force will be unveiled at the Ferrari Maserati of Vancouver dealership in anticipation of the Diamond Rally two days later.