Peterbilt Motors Company partnered with the North Texas Chapter of the Make-a-Wish Foundation to grant twelve year old Luke Neale from Ulmarra, Australia, his wish to visit a Peterbilt Truck Plant.
Luke was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis. When asked if he could have one wish, what it would be; Luke requested to visit a Peterbilt Truck Plant in Denton, Texas.
"I chose this wish because I think Peterbilt's are the best trucks in the world," said Luke.
Luke lives with his mother Joanne and older brother Jay. If he is not drawing trucks or trains, Luke can be found listening to music, reading books, playing video games or watching MacGyver.
Peterbilt's Human Resources Manager, Al DeVore, teamed with the Make-a-Wish Foundation to coordinate a series of events during the family's week long stay in Texas from October 6th through October 13th.
"Of all the places he could have chosen, he chose us. That's pretty phenomenal," said DeVore.
Luke and his family kicked off their trip with a ride in a Peterbilt truck to the Denton Plant for a facility tour. The week long visit consisted of a trip to the Texas Railroad Museum, Six Flags, a Dallas Cowboys game, and participation in Peterbilt's annual Open House that included truck rides, numerous Peterbilt custom trucks, a truck light show, food and games.
"We are honored in making Luke's wish come true," said Bill Jackson, vice president of PACCAR and general manager of Peterbilt. "To be able to touch the life of a child, and create a lasting memory for Luke and his family is a privilege."
Departing just four days before his October 17th birthday, Peterbilt celebrated Luke's last day in Denton with a surprise birthday party. In tribute of Luke's favorite color, the Peterbilt team dressed in red, and covered the buildings in red decorations and balloons. Subway, Luke's favorite food, was brought in for lunch along with a truck cake. After singing "Happy Birthday," employees presented Luke with numerous gifts ranging from Peterbilt items, Texas Rangers gear, autographed Dallas Cowboy memorabilia, and Texas paraphernalia.
"We didn't ask our employees to donate anything; they did it on their own because that is the caliber of people we have working here at Peterbilt," said DeVore. "We are family, and when Luke came, he became part of our family. They wanted him to know that."
"It was the best birthday party I ever had," said Luke.
About Peterbilt Motors Company
Peterbilt Motors Company, located in Denton, Texas, has a global reputation for superior quality, industry leading design, innovative engineering and fuel efficient solutions, and is recognized as the "Class" of the industry. Peterbilt provides a comprehensive array of aftermarket support programs through its 350-plus North American dealer locations that complement its full lineup of on-highway, vocational and medium duty products, including alternative fuel vehicles. Peterbilt offers industry leading service and support, including preventive maintenance plans, expedited Rapid Check diagnostic services, automated parts inventory replenishment and 24/7 complimentary Customer Assistance through 1-800-4-Peterbilt. For more information about Peterbilt, visit www.peterbilt.com.
Peterbilt is a PACCAR Company, traded publicly on the NASDAQ as PCAR.