Summer’s car is in our driveway! A gorgeous, red 2006 Honda CRV!! Summer is over the moon! Let me share with you how this all came about.
Two weeks ago, friends and family of Summer set out make a big dream of hers come true. The Make-A-Wish people had come by a few weeks earlier. The foundation grants a wish to any kid diagnosed with cancer , and it was Summer’s turn. All Summer wanted was a car. But Make-A-Wish does not grant cars. Apparently people were selling them and pocketing the cash. So they wanted to know Summer’s back-up wish. She could meet a famous person, go a cruise, or take a trip to the beach.
But Summer did not have a back-up wish. All she wanted was a car of her own. She deferred her wish because, as she put it, “I don’t want to make a wish just to make a wish.”
If you know Summer, you know getting her own car is all she talks about. It’s been a dream of hers for years, long before cancer. When friends and co-workers of mine at Keller Williams Realty heard about Summer’s dream, they set out to do something that seemed impossible – raise enough money to buy Summer a car. By passing a hat at the end of a real estate class, they collected nearly $2000. An amazing start!
But the car that had captured Summer’s heart cost $13,500. It was sitting up at Carmax, and the dealership had agreed to hold it for awhile. But we all knew it could not be for long. So family and friends started a 2-week campaign to raise as much money as possible towards getting her THAT car.
I’m so happy to report that in the last 12 days, more than a 100 people, in donations ranging from $5-$2,000, raised a stunning total of $12,000!! Add in the money Summer has saved and some help from her family with tags and insurance and – BINGO! – the latest addition to our family, is sitting in our driveway! Summer has already named her: Lola! Isn’t she gorgeous?!
Many, many, many thanks to all of you who helped make Summer’s dream come true! Your generosity has made a 16-year-old girl – one who has had an unbelievably tough year - very, very happy!!