Wish comes true

Teen with CF marches to beat of his own drums

The Compass - - EDITORIAL OPINION - BY BILL BOW­MAN

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.

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