Scottsdale company helps teen's wish come true

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It’s a dream that many teenagers have -- to drive. It was a dream that 17-year-old Francisco Martinez was not sure he would be here to see come true. That dream became a reality on Friday when Make-a-Wish teamed up with Scottsdale specialty store Unique Upholstery to fix up Martinez’s set of wheels.

Owner Scott Oblinger said the ‘94 Chevy Silverado truck needed a lot of work.

“When the truck came to us, it was in somewhat disrepair," he said. "It needed quite a bit of stuff; windows didn’t go up and down. It had an old set of rims and tires on it.”

While some of that work was cosmetic, there were also safety issues with the truck, such as missing a passenger seat belt.

Martinez, who is now in remission after battling leukemia, waited two years to see his wish come true. Because of his illness, he has not been able to drive as he has been dealing with doctors, chemotherapy and radiation. He even passed his driving test on his first try.

When he saw the final product, Martinez said it was hard to put his feelings into words.

“I don’t know how to explain it. The feeling was just amazing," he said. "I’m honored they would want to do this for me.”

It took Oblinger and his team a month to do all the necessary work but he said the process was very rewarding and he would do it again in a heartbeat. He said it’s cool to work on cars in general but to be able to help someone is off the charts cool.

While it's cool for Oblinger, it's more for Martinez. All anyone needs to see is the smile on his face.

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