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Carlie Has a Hot New Set of Wheels

Carlie Santiago

“ I know that she loves wheels, everything wheels. ”

- Wish mom Elsa

Carlie now has the sweetest ride in Montgomery County.

Thanks to a sponsorship by CAP COM Federal Credit Union and the CAP COM Cares Foundation, along with the craftsmanship of 4x Heaven of Gloversville, the 5-year-old Make-A-Wish® Northeast New York wish kid from Amsterdam got her wish for a new customized adaptive stroller granted.

The stroller comes not only with pinstriping but also speakers, Bluetooth and a charging station. 4x Heaven transformed the carrier into a one-of-a-kind piece of functional art.

Wish mom Elsa originally discussed a Disney wish for her daughter, who has a form of epilepsy, but decided she may not enjoy it.

“I know that she loves wheels, everything wheels,” the mom said. “And I said, ‘Let's get her a stroller that she can feel comfortable and she can enjoy herself.’ And that way it will last her a long time and it will be better for her.”

CAP COM Cares Foundation sponsored the wish, as well as a raffle that benefited Make-A-Wish in which the grand prize was $10,000. This is the fifth wish sponsored by CAP COM since 2015.

"At CAP COM, we believe in the importance of community and people helping people,” Paige Rueckert, the Community & Youth Advocate for the credit union, said at the wish reveal/raffle at the CAP COM Financial Center in Albany. “Make-A-Wish Northeast New York embodies those same values, and that is why we are honored to once again have them as our BIG Benefit Raffle beneficiary."

The wish reveal and announcement of the raffle winner was attended by dozens of CAP COM employees, the Make-A-Wish Northeast New York staff, media, and Carlie and her family.

“We at Make-A-Wish Northeast New York are very grateful to the employees and members of CAP COM FCU for the generous and continued support of our mission and wish families,” chapter CEO William C. Trigg, III, said. “Our partnership with CAP COM is helping us fulfill our vision of granting the wish of every eligible child in our region.”

At CAP COM, we believe in the importance of community and people helping people. Make-A-Wish Northeast New York embodies those same values. ”

— Paige Rueckert, CAP COM

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