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One year later, Daniel looks back on his wish

  • "My wish for the tools has given me the courage to step out of my comfort zone."

  • Daniel used his Snap-on tools to swap out the engine in his car.

  • "I have become more knowledgeable and hands-on."

  • "Now, I would do just about anything with a car."

  • Daniel with his parents, Sergio and Jafia, and his grandfather, Cesar (far right) - who sparked Daniel's love of all things mechanical. Photo courtesy of Bob Kidd Photography

  • Daniel watches alongside his teachers from Providence Career and Technical Academy, Douglas Nelson (right) and John Dufresne, as his tool set is unloaded. Photo courtesy of Terry Rajsombath

  • Bob Nelson, Manager-Regional, Northeast, from Snap-on Incorporated, presents a professional tool set to Daniel. Photo courtesy of Bob Kidd Photography

“ My wish helped me mentally, emotionally, and physically. It gave me courage, a prized possession, and life lessons. ”


- Wish recipient Daniel

  • Daniel , 17 in 2017

    • germ cell tumor
    • I wish to have a professional tool set from Snap-on

Daniel’s wish for a professional tool set from Snap-on Incorporated was granted in early 2017. One year later, he says the experience helped to relieve the anxiety of his cancer diagnosis and “made me look forward in life.” The tool set became a motivating factor for him, and he is now a freshman at the University of Rhode Island studying mechanical engineering. Below, Daniel reflects on the impact of his wish.


My wish for the tools has given me the courage to step out of my comfort zone. As a freshman in high school, I would not dare touch a car. I was scared. I wanted to learn about them but I was always paranoid of breaking something. Now, I would do just about anything with a car. I have become more knowledgeable and hands-on and I consider that valuable experience. 

Last year, for my senior project, I used my tools to reassemble an engine. It was my first time putting an engine together with brand new parts. A more recent project I did was to take the engine out of my car and place the new one in. This was done mid-winter when we had that really cold weather. I personally didn't think I could do it – but I did it, and faster than I thought I could, all thanks to having my tools. I have helped out family and friends, too, with oil changes and engine work. My future project is actually to reassemble a friend’s engine. 

My favorite memory from my wish is seeing everyone all together that day. I felt fortunate and blessed when I saw the tool set unloaded from the Snap-on truck. My wish helped me mentally, emotionally, and physically. It gave me courage, a prized possession, and life lessons. It taught me that it is not all about receiving. Make-A-Wish really opened my eyes about how great we, as people, can be...my wish volunteers, the staff, the people from Snap-on – everyone who helped make my wish come true. To be diagnosed with a deadly disease isn’t easy and Make-A-Wish Massachusetts and Rhode Island finds a way to keep the warriors fighting. 


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We’re grateful to Snap-on for giving so generously to make Daniel’s wish come true. ”

— Charlotte Beattie, Chief Executive Officer

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Wish recipient Daniel

“My advice for future Make-A-Wish recipients is to dream big but most importantly, make it count.”

- Daniel, 2017 wish recipient 

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