Make-A-Wish: Restored car given to mo...

Make-A-Wish: Restored car given to mom in memory of daughter

There are 32 comments on the Santa Cruz Sentinel story from Jan 8, 2010, titled Make-A-Wish: Restored car given to mom in memory of daughter. In it, Santa Cruz Sentinel reports that:

Jennifer Ostrowski stood in Canepa Design on Thursday and watched the unveiling of a fully restored 1967 Ford Mustang, her daughter's wish granted by the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

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San Francisco, CA

#1 Jan 8, 2010
Reef Dweller

San Francisco, CA

#3 Jan 8, 2010
No good deed goes undone...Brianna is watching and smiling as you made her mother happy and gave her back a small part of what she has lost.
You all rock!!!! To have given so much of your time, talent and love for this girl, is simply amazing. There needs to be more folks like you, for sure!!!
Reef Dweller

San Francisco, CA

#4 Jan 8, 2010
senor taco....i hope you never lose a child and wish you had one small part of her life to hang onto.

ignore moronic posts! love and light shines brighter!
Canepa Design employees ROCK!

you simply suck, senor taco.
Fan of Santa Cruz

Berkeley, CA

#5 Jan 8, 2010 guys are sooooo awesome. Thank you!

San Francisco, CA

#7 Jan 8, 2010
My heart filled with love and joy this morning with this story ... all we leave when we die are our memories - nothing else has value .. this precious girl left her mom with many conversations about her car, where she was going to take it ... how excited she was ... talks her mom will cry and smile over in the years to come. The people who made this dream become reality are angels .. the quiet heroes on this planet that do things because it is the right thing to do - not for fame and glory. Senor Taco, you are a very young soul and I wish I could just give you a hug .. you have so much growing to do and that makes life so much harder to live ...You are in my prayers and I hope this life grants you many blessings so you can become a man, not just a hurt child striking out when you hear about goodness.

Berkeley, CA

#9 Jan 8, 2010
Canepa Design employees, and all others who had anything to do with restoring this car, hold your head's high. It was a great thing that you did. It would have been nice for the daughter to have received it, but finishing it for Mom was awesome! You guys do rock!!

Berkeley, CA

#10 Jan 8, 2010
chalupa wrote:
There has to be a better way to to help some one than to build them a car they cant drive or die before they even get it.
What's wrong with brightening up someone's day? Especially after the loss of a loved one. I don't understand your comment. What better way for the daughter to be remembered than this? Every time her mother looks at the car, the memory of her daughter will be there. I think it was a great thing for those guys to do.
big mac

United States

#11 Jan 8, 2010
chalupa wrote:
There has to be a better way to to help some one than to build them a car they cant drive or die before they even get it.
you do realize that they did TRY to get this accomplished BEFORE she passed away...having lost a good friend 3 years ago to long term cancer,I know the heart-ache that the family feels.I was lucky enough to finish the engine dress up on her 67 Camero that she and her father started but could not finish due to his dying of cancer then her being diagnosed a short time later.The smile on her face when she saw the car was priceless.
love is contagious

United States

#12 Jan 8, 2010
thank you canepa! you guys show that we can indeed be a highly evolved species. that was incredibly gracious. thank you.

Felton, CA

#13 Jan 8, 2010
Canepa, you guys are awesome! Everybody is awesome that put work into her car. My thoughts are with the family. This is a tragic story where the best intentions were meant, time was volunteered, no money was wasted. But Senor Taco is wasting all of our time, why don't you go away. Let us appreciate the hardwork done to hopefully get this girls mind off the cancer, she died and that is tragic. But she lives on as a sweet little ride.

“Oh well, been called worse ”

Since: Sep 09

Santa Cruz

#14 Jan 8, 2010
Wow I can only imagine the heart felt effort and time not mention money that went into this project.

Its gotta be appreciated on so many levels . Definitely a worthy cause and a fantastic group of people..
Ex Liberal

United States

#15 Jan 8, 2010
Very compassionate and generous on the part of all those involved in putting work, time and money to assist the Make a Wish Foundation! Very good job indeed!
sc resident

Santa Cruz, CA

#16 Jan 8, 2010
Seems to me Brianna was given a wish to make. Her wish. What did she want ? What did she want to remember or experience before dying ?
Seems to me she choose to experience , joy, and happiness as her last wish. It represents a dying daughters gift to her mother. A gift that represesnts how much Brianna loved her mother. Brianna's memory and her love is in that car.I know that if i ever see that car , I will remember Brianna, and i had never even heard of her before today. Branna choose a gift of love for her mother. That seems to have been her last wish.
Native Girl

Littleton, CO

#18 Jan 8, 2010
Senor Taco...your comments and state of mind are so sad.
When the world becomes a place where spending money and time to help one another and bringing a little happiness to lives that have been shattered and crushed out are determined to be a waste...then pretty much every other human effort is a waste and humanity in its best form will be extinguished.
Canepa guys and others who are fabulous human beings. In a world where selfishness and darkness often trample goodness, your actions are heroic. Thank you.
Old Oak

Denver, CO

#19 Jan 8, 2010
Thanks to all who gave on this wonderful project. Many who pass away early want the wish for others so they may have more than a memory to hold onto. Taco is just crying for help in reaching the real meaning in life. Contribute to unselfish projects like this and other charitable causes and find that freedom.
Patrick Callahan

Windsor, CA

#21 Jan 8, 2010
Knowing what this car means to several generations of beautiful woman I tear up reading this article, joy for the love shown through this act of the Canepa folks & the make-a-wish foundation mixed with the grief of losing such a precious girl at such a young age. This car is a lot more than a vehicle now. It's a monument to life & beauty.

Since: Jan 10

Santa Cruz, CA

#22 Jan 8, 2010
Finally you have done something nice Bruce. Just remember to pay those vendors.
In the know

Martinez, CA

#23 Jan 8, 2010
The original blue mustang was her family's transportation car for many years. Before her diagnosis in 2007, Briana was planning to spend the summer working like crazy to afford a pink paint job (as well as getting her driver's license). Once her plans were forever altered by cancer, she was delighted when Make-a-Wish offered to paint it for her. The only stipulation was that she get her license first. While she bravely endured horrible leg replacement and lung surgeries and months of chemo, she held her head high through physical therapy, fighting first to wiggle her big toe, then to walk again, and on to her driver's license. She was hoping to have put it all behind her when the cancer was found in her spine just 9 months before she died. She began more chemo and radiation. Meanwhile, she completed high school, went to prom with the love of her life and got into UCSC. She had completed her treatments when she suddenly had to get a feeding tube due to radiation damage to her esophagus. She had a seizure (blood clot?) a month later that killed her. The car is lovely...just as Briana wanted it. So sad that she's not here to drive it. But, the HOPE and anticipation of driving her pretty pink car helped her to fight for her life everyday with a twinkle in her eye. We miss you Briana...We will think of you every time we see your car cruisin' the cliffs! Thank you MAW and Canepa et al.
Nuff Said

United States

#24 Jan 8, 2010
Snizz wrote:
Finally you have done something nice Bruce. Just remember to pay those vendors.
He's got it in him to be a great guy. Nuff Said

San Francisco, CA

#25 Jan 8, 2010
In times when things seem so out of touch with reality, story like this comes along to make us all realize that there are truly remarkable people out there with generous hearts. God Bless!

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