CTRC - The California Trolley and Railroad Corporation.
Preserving the historical heritage of railroading and trolleys in the Santa Clara Valley of California.

CTRC plays active role in granting a youngster’s wish

Eleven-year-old Henry Mulvey, who is battling mitochondrial disease, has a passion for trolleys.  Although he lives in Massachusetts his wish was to travel to the Bay Area “to ride as many trolleys as possible.”  To date, he has ridden nearly 100 cars across the United States.  With assistance from the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation®, part of Henry’s wish came true in Kelley Park on Wednesday, July 8, 2009.  While visiting the Trolley Barn, Henry had the opportunity to ride two different trolleys, California car #124 and Birney car #143, over the museum line and the recently opened Happy Hollow extension.  Following the rides, everyone was treated by History San Jose to Obrien's ice cream, located on the museum grounds.  Henry finished his vanilla fudge sundae while keeping an eye on the “yellow car” (Birney 143) … his favorite.

About the Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation®: The Greater Bay Area Make-A-Wish Foundation grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy.  In 2009 the Foundation celebrates 25 years of fulfilling magical wishes.  The goal of the Foundation is to grant a wish to every eligible child in its territory, and anyone can suggest a child for a wish.  For more information or to refer a child for a wish, please call 415/982-9474 or visit www.makewish.org.


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