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Daniel Shifts Back into High Gear

  • 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

  • Checking out his favorite tool, an air impact wrench. Photo courtesy of Bob Kidd Photography

  • Exploring the Snap-on Rock-and-Roll Cab Express truck. Photo courtesy of Bob Kidd Photography

  • 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

“ It’s amazing! I wasn’t expecting all of this! ”


- Daniel


Daniel, 17, has a clear goal: to be a mechanical engineer. His ease with all things mechanical comes from learning alongside his grandfather, an auto mechanic.

Diagnosed with cancer in 2015, “I missed a lot of my life because of chemo,” says Daniel, “but fixing cars was always on my mind.” The teen's ambitions helped him stay focused on the future – and for his wish, he requested a full set of professional tools from Snap-on Incorporated to help him pursue his passion.

Returning home from breakfast with his mother on a Saturday morning, Daniel discovers a crowd of family and friends. Before he knows it, around the corner comes the bright red Snap-on Rock-and-Roll Cab Express truck! Snap-on representatives present Daniel with a complete collection of tools and a signature Snap-on tool chest. Daniel is giddy as he takes it all in and tours the company’s rolling showroom. “It’s amazing! I wasn’t expecting all of this!” His parents, grandparents, and teachers watch proudly, knowing that a new door has opened for Daniel with the granting of his wish.

After the crowd disperses, Daniel spends hours unpacking his tools. As he carefully looks them over, he realizes all that he can accomplish with them. With his cancer now in remission and the professional tools he dreamed of now in his hands, Daniel can shift his career plans into high gear!  


30 Years of Wishes
Daniel’s wish is one of our first wishes to be granted in Rhode Island during our 30th anniversary year! 


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"We’re grateful to Snap-on for giving so generously to make Daniel’s wish come true. Working with a partner of excellence like Snap-on, along with all of our supporters throughout our community, has helped us provide joy to nearly 8,000 children like Daniel since 1987.” 

- Charlotte Beattie, Chief Executive Officer

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