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Kabrel’s childhood hasn’t been as carefree as that of other kids he knows. He lives with a metabolic disorder that affects his daily life and means that he has to think about his health more than most 12 year olds would.
When Make-A-Wish volunteers visited Kabrel to talk about what he might wish for, his fascination with cars was apparent and his choice was clear from the beginning. Kabrel wanted to feel the adrenaline rush of racing down a speedway in a real race car.
On race day, the track was surrounded by enthusiastic fans holding signs and cheering loudly for Kabrel. He was officially welcomed to the track by an honour guard of drivers as he walked to the pits. He learned how to change a tire like a pro and was outfitted in his customized red ‘Bad Boy Kabrel’ racing suit, helmet, and red shoes. Kabrel climbed into his race car with Erica Thiering, a NASCAR Whelen All American Series Provincial Champion, for his big moment.
Once the green flag was waved, Kabrel and Erica roared around the track, eventually edging ahead of their competition. Kabrel won the race and brought home a special souvenir - a winner’s trophy with his name on it!
Kabrel’s mom says that his wish was truly special for him, “It was something just for him and he loved it.”
Make-A-Wish Northern Alberta was thrilled to grant Kabrel’s wish, which marked a special milestone as the 1000th wish granted by the chapter.
When a wish is granted, it does much more than bring joy to a child’s heart. For kids like Kabrel, who are faced with critical illnesses, a wish-come-true provides them with strength to battle through darkness and gives them hope for healthier, happier days ahead.
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