Local car dealership makes wish come true

Next month a nine-year-old boy from Monument will have a wish come true.

The young man, who has been diagnosed with cancer, is going to Disney World.

Cook Chevrolet/Oldsmobile of Craig helped to grant the boy's wish to visit Walt Disney World by participating in the annual Make-A-Wish Foundation, cosponsored by the United Auto Workers International Union (UAW) and the General Motors Corporation (GM).

The company donated $25 from every new vehicle sold during December to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

"It's a great program and a great way to help kids that need some help," Cook Chevrolet owner Scott Cook said.

Cook was not sure of the exact amount, but estimated that the local dealership donated $800.

"This is the third year we've participated and it seems to work well," he said. "There are a lot of sad stories out there."

Patti Speer, director of Development with the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Colorado, said through the annual holiday pledge drive, the foundation attempts to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening illnesses.

Since founded in 1983, the foundation has granted the wishes of 1,600 Colorado children.

The Make-A-Wish Colorado chapter is one of 80 nationwide in addition to 22 other affiliates from around the world.

When UAW and GM announced its national sponsorship of the Make-A-Wish Foundation in 1999, it was the foundation's largest sponsorship in history.

The money raised by each local dealer goes into a large pot, and is used to grant the wish of a child in that dealer's area.

"The participation by the Colorado chapter is great," Speer said. "It's really fun for people to play Santa."

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