Charity group gives sick teen’s coveted Camaro a makeover



robin kuniski/for metro calgary


Leukemia patient Matt Little, 16, had Christmas and a birthday wrapped into one this year with a wish granted by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. Little’s 1985 Camaro was restored and re-built better than ever by volunteers at CMP Classic Pontiac.

It was a surprise wish come true for everyone involved but most surprised of all is the teenager who will be driving away in the newly-restored, sleek blue 1985 Camaro.

The Make-a-Wish Foundation and CMP Classic Pontiac came together to grant a wish for 16-year-old Matt Little and the results exceeded their wildest expectations.

Matt’s mom Deb said her son has bravely battled leukemia since being diagnosed with the disease when he was 11 years old. His one wish was to have his Camaro restored, but he didn’t think he would it get it back until the spring.

“We almost couldn’t get him out of bed today,” his mother said. “But I’m just thrilled. I believe it’s everything he wanted. He’s been through so much and he never gave up.”

Matt was surprised when his brand new car was unveiled yesterday at the dealership because they told him they were just meeting to go over some details.

Matt said he was excited to drive his new car but it may not be until after the winter.

“I’m excited. It’s nice, it’s pretty much exactly what I wanted.”

The wish was made possible by 25 volunteers from the dealership who spent more than 200 hours of their own time over eight weeks restoring the car.

“It was very much a labour of love. I didn’t meet Matt until today but I knew I would like him because we both have the same interest in cars. GM cars,” Wayne Dickman, body shop manager said.