GM & Make A Wish Foundation Team Up for Brooklyn Youth
16 Year Old wants to be “Boss for a Day” at GM
N.Y. – April 8th, 2003 - Alex,
16, from Brooklyn, N.Y. - who battles a rare form of bone cancer -
has an all-consuming passion for automobiles, spending countless
hours reading about them - even creating his own designs for the
"cars of tomorrow."
the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Metro New York asked him to choose a
wish, Alex - a particular aficionado of General Motors (GM)
vehicles - wished to be "Boss for a Day" at GM and to
share his designs with the company’s executives and designers.
adventure - with support from the UAW-GM Center for Human
Resources (CHR) and the General Motors Corporation - will begin
April 15 in his own hometown as a special guest of GM, receiving a
VIP tour of GM exhibits at the New York International Auto Show
(open to the public April 18-27) at the Jacob Javits Convention
Center and attend GM special events scheduled during the show.
April 15th –
attends GM’s Luxury Group Reception for the world-wide
introduction of the Cadillac CTS V-Series and the North American
reveal of the 9-3 Convertible.
April 16th -
attends the GM Diversity media reception at City Hall restaurant
April 17th -
attends the Chevy Malibu Maxx press conference reception at the
Javits Convention Center, where he will get his first glimpse of
Chevrolet’s newest sport vehicle.
April 25th -
he will visit GM’s corporate headquarters, tour the GM World
exhibit of current and historical GM cars and trucks, meet GM
executives and assume his duties as "Honorary Boss for the
Later that day, Alex will
receive a private tour of the nearby Warren Tech Center, which is
headquarters for the GM Design department’s 200 creative
designers and 250 sculptors, who create new vehicle designs for
Cadillac, Buick, Chevrolet, Pontiac, GMC, HUMMER and Saturn.
There, he will present his own car design to the design team,
which will demonstrate how creative designs become vehicles,
utilizing a combination of high-tech computer tools and
traditional craftsmanship (like clay modeling).
Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with
life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with
hope, strength, and joy. It is the largest wish-granting
organization in the world, with 77 chapters in the United States
and its territories and 27 international affiliates on five
continents. With the help of generous donors and more than 25,000
volunteers, the Make-A-Wish Foundation has granted more than
100,000 wishes to children around the world since 1980.