Kelsie, 7, is a brave Honolulu child who battles a life-threatening medical condition that has placed her in a wheelchair.This poses many hardships on a daily basis – things like getting into and out of a vehicle. But for Kelsie and her family, that hardship just got a little easier thanks to King Windward Nissan, GoldenBoy Mobility, and Make-A-Wish Hawaii.
“Make-A-Wish® Hawaii is incredibly grateful to King Windward Nissan for their support of helping this Hawaii family get fitted into the right family van with a generous discount,” said Make-A-Wish® Hawaii president and chief executive officer (CEO) Siana Austin Hunt. “When this family came to us, it wasn’t long before discovering Kelsie’s wish to be able to comfortably join her parents in the new family ride. So, we paired with the experts at GoldenBoy Mobility to ensure a wheelchair-accessible ride.”
GoldenBoy Mobility, based in California, specializes in making vehicles accessible for people with disabilities. The business started 35 years ago as a manufacturing company and soon grew into a premier location for vehicle customization. GoldenBoy Mobility has been working with Make-A-Wish® Hawaii for the past several months to assist with this special van modification wish.
“We are lucky to be able to provide modifications that will allow people like Kelsie and her family with the freedom to Go. Be. and Live,” said Sean Petersen, director of sales and marketing at GoldenBoy Mobility. “The smile on her face and the independence it brings is why we do what we do! We were ecstatic to be a part of Kelsie’s wish!”
King Windward Nissan provided a temporary handicapped equipped vehicle free of charge to Kelsie and her family while their new van was being modified. King Windward Nissan’s team assisted with the delivery of the modified van to the family including an auto detail and an intimate staff ceremony in its Kaneohe showroom.
“We are honored to be so involved with Make A Wish® Hawaii,” said Mike Niethammer, president of King Windward Nissan. “This was a wonderful and inspirational way to kick off the holiday season. Our team is excited for Kelsie and her family to be able to travel together in an efficient and safe vehicle.”
“While we have had several wishes involving bedroom re-designs in recent years, this is the first I’ve seen in my time as CEO, a wish to modify a vehicle,” Austin Hunt added. “It is humbling to be part of this special wish because we know that this Hawaii family is not only embracing the three pillars of our mission – hope, strength and joy – but that they are also gaining back a powerful sense of independence.”
Kelsie’s wish is among 100 Hawaii wishes Make-A-Wish® Hawaii will grant by the end of 2014 - a record year. Founded in 1982, Make-A-Wish® Hawaii will grant its 1,000th local wish in January.
For ways to support Make-A-Wish® Hawaii during its annual Season of Wishes, click here.