Three year old Renzo from Seaside California suffers from Wilm’s tumor. But despite his illness and his young age, he can explain and describe in detail almost every tool in his dad’s toolbox.
As a firefighter, his dad has plenty of tools that he and Renzo use to work on his motorcycle. “This was an amazing therapy for both of them,” says his mom, Crystal. During play time, Renzo always “builds his construction yard” with the many toy trucks, tools and diggers he owns. “Since Renzo was 10 months old, he has had an unbelievable imagination and fascination with Mighty Machines,” says Crystal. (Mighty Machines is a DVD set that uses real footage of heavy equipment machines to show how they are used, and what jobs apply to them).
In July, the three year old got to familiarize himself with some mighty machines while spending the morning at a quarry near his home. He will now get to put some of these machines to work on a building site, and spend the morning acting as a construction foreman, thanks to Swinerton Builders and Trinity Properties. In August, instead of operating toy trucks in his backyard, Renzo helped operate real construction equipment at the site of the Trinity Phase III project, a 19-story residential tower with six levels of below-grade parking currently under construction located at 33 8th St. in San Francisco. As foreman for the day, Renzo helped operate a manlift, haul dirt, operate a crane and assist in a concrete pour. The day will started with a stretch and flex, followed by a safety orientation and a site tour. Once he helped operate the heavy machinery, Renzo left his mark on the project by making handprints in concrete.
“There is nothing more delightful than being able to witness a young child experience their fondest wish. Renzo has loved construction since he was an infant, and will be able to tour a real working construction site, help operate the heavy machinery and learn about safety on a job site. His wish is the one thing his parents say helped him keep his mind off of treatment,” says Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Executive Director, Patricia Wilson.