Vernon teen Jesse Randlesome shows off the family car that was given a makeover by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Wish drives ahead for teen

Make-A-Wish Foundation gives Vernon teen's car a makeover

  • Dec. 24, 2011 7:00 a.m.

Sixteen-year-old Jesse Randlesome can’t believe it’s his car.

His mother’s 1999 Dodge Intrepid has been given a complete makeover by the Make-A-Wish Foundation and  it looks more like a black space ship than a sedan.

“It wasn’t the car that every 16-year-old dreams about when we started but it is now,” said his volunteer wish grantor, Claudio Arato.

Randlesome was diagnosed with abdominal cancer in September 2010 and since then, he’s been through surgery, chemotherapy and radiation.

“Jesse is such a fantastic kid and I’m so excited to see his pride in it and see him enjoying all the bells and whistles,” said Arato.

While Randlesome was away having treatment, Arato had the car taken to Custom Car Concepts in Vernon.

The car was given a hot new paint job, a complete multimedia system and new tires and wheels. Custom Car Concepts discounted more than $5,000 in work to keep the makeover on budget.

Randlesome plans on becoming a mechanic after graduation.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation grants wishes to children three- to 17-years-old who have a life-threatening medical condition.

Since 1983, the Make-A-Wish Foundation of B.C. has made more than 1,400 wishes come true. Each wish provides a child and his or her immediate family a carefree and joyous experience that is far from the inherent stress and anxiety of having a life-threatening medical condition.

The goal is to re-focus attention on the positive by providing a unique, once-in-a-lifetime wish experience that a family might not otherwise have.


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