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Kolby Gets a Vehicle Make-Over

Kolby Duffey

“ We wanted to make sure that every time Kolby sits in the car that it’s a mini vacation for him. ”


- Rose Auto Accessories

All seventeen-year-old Kolby could think to wish for was a cool car.

It’s been a dream of his ever since he can remember. He’s always imagined how cool it would be to show all his friends his sweet new ride.

This bright young man suffers from a type of brain tumor called primitive neuroectodermal tumor. Prior to his wish, Kolby had surgery to remove the tumor and has been undergoing chemotherapy treatments for more than a year.

Besides cars, Kolby enjoys playing video games, especially Call of Duty. He lives in Blairsville with his grandparents and three younger sisters.

When his grandfather told Kolby he would buy him a car, Kolby immediately knew that he could wish for a vehicle make-over from Make-A-Wish Georgia. Sure enough, Kolby was given a 2009 Blue Dodge Charger.

With the help of Rose Auto Accessories in Blairsville, Kolby’s car was upgraded with a whole new stereo system, new chrome hubcaps, new headlights, custom seat covers and a paint job including a white racing stripe.

“When Kolby talked about his car, he lit up,” said Roger from Rose Auto. “It was obvious that it made him happy and helped him forget about his sickness.”

Many of the parts were donated by Rose and a number of other local businesses to help lower the cost of this wish. Over 20 local companies provided everything from part discounts to gas gift cards so that Kolby will be able to drive his new car to and from treatment at the hospital. Thanks also to ShearComfort.com for donating the custom seat covers for Kolby's car.

“We wanted to make sure that every time Kolby sits in the car that it’s a mini vacation for him,” continued Roger. “During the wish presentation, Kolby was shy at first, but when we removed the car cover, he really came alive and was smiling from ear to ear.”

This is just another great example of a community rallying around one of their own and going above and beyond to make a young man feel special. When a community comes together, wishes come true.

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June 25, 2012 - 11:25 AM

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