Wish comes true
Teen with CF marches to beat of his own drums
Peter Green had his fondest wish fulfilled last month. The Children’s Wish Foundation presented him with a new custom built Fender Stratocaster guitar and set of Roland electric drums.
The 17-year-old Victoria youth has Cystic Fibrosis, the most common, fatal, genetic disease that affects children and young adults.
But the disease has never hampered Peter from playing his music and keeping up with his peers. Peter is the son of Paul and Suelynn Green of Victoria.
“ Peter never let CF take over his life, nor did his family and friends,” said his mom, Suelynn.
“ He had tremendous support and acceptance from his peers,” which his mother believes, “ is an amazing accomplishment in itself. They always treat him as Peter, not the kid with CF,” she said.
Although CF manifests itself in the body in many ways, the most serious are digestive and chronic, and eventually fatal lung infections, she explains.
“ Despite his daily health struggles, nothing holds Peter back,” said his mom. “ He exceeded in his schooling, graduating Grade 12 from Carbonear Collegiate in June of this year,” she noted.
Working very hard to maintain his health, she said Peter has reached a major milestone. This month he began to study Recording Arts at the College of the North Atlantic in Stephenville. Passionate about his music, which he has been playing since he was seven years old, Peter currently plays in two bands — Pros and Cons and Revolution.
He designed his own guitar and had it built in the U. S. according to his specifications.
He also taught guitar lessons in high school and “ manages to be strong and vibrant in everything he chooses to do,” his mother said.
Surrounded by family, friends and mentors, Peter accepted his musical gifts from the Children’s Wish Foundation during a surprise party held Aug. 21 at the Victoria Community Centre.
Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea dropped by and joined Peter and his band Revolution on stage for a rendition of Summer of ‘ 69.
Dianne Butt, co-ordinator of the Conception Bay North sub-chapter of the Children’s Wish Foundation, and Valerie Geary, provincial co-ordinator for the Children’s Wish Foundation, were among those on hand for the event.
Geary said the foundation has “granted 28 wishes this year; another 49 have been approved and 11 others are in consultation phase.”
Pointing out that, “every day the total changes, with wishes being approved and referrals coming in daily,” Geary said, “ this will make it a busy year for us with the average cost of a wish being $ 10,000 across the country.”
Dianne Butt said the chapter’s next big fundraising event will be their annual walk from the Conception Bay Regional Community Centre to the T. C. Square, which is set for Saturday, Oct. 15.