Peterbilt makes a wish come true

| 10/29/2002

The Make-A-Wish Foundation has helped make dreams come true for about 10,000 children with life-threatening illnesses. For William Edwards, 18, his wish was to visit a Peterbilt manufacturing facility and attend a trucking show.

Edwards' wish was granted in September when he and his family were flown to Dallas to attend the Great American Trucking Show and visit Peterbilt's manufacturing facility in Denton, TX.

His visit to Peterbilt included a plant tour, a ride in a Model 379, a demonstration of how engineers design vehicles, and lots of chatter time with employees.

"The whole thing was really amazing," Edwards said. "I was expecting just a tour of the plant, but everyone there was involved and really made it special. Everyone on the assembly crew signed a shirt to give to me, and there were a bunch of other incredible gifts."

Before Edwards left the plant, he was given three large boxes of Peterbilt books, hats, shirts, jackets and scale-model-replica trucks, and an American flag that stood outside the facility on Sept. 11, 2001.

Edwards, who recovered from Hodgkins Disease last year, is a senior in high school. After graduation, he plans to study diesel technology.