Subaru WinterFest and Make-A-Wish®: Meet Wish Kid Derek

Mar 10, 2015 5:20 PM ET

On February 7, Subaru of America, Inc. and Make-A-Wish® Utah made a boy’s wish come true by joining forces at the Subaru WinterFest event at Snowbird Ski and Summer Resort, UT. The wish of adventurous and sports-loving 11-year-old Derek, is to go fishing in Alaska. As a proud supporter of Make-A-Wish, Subaru is honored to sponsor this wish for such an inspirational and resilient child. 

For Derek, the mountain-man-in-training, it was a special and memorable moment as he discovered through clues popping up around the Snowbird Village that he and his family would soon be venturing to Alaska to see mystic-blue glaciers and catch salmon.

Over the past four years, Subaru of America, Inc. has been a proud sponsor of Make-A-Wish and has donated more than $4.5 million to help make more than 610 wishes come true. 


About Make-A-Wish® Utah
Make-A-Wish Utah grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Located in its facility in Murray, A Wishing Place, Make-A-Wish Utah offers a quality wish experience. For more information about Make-A-Wish Utah, please visit

About Make-A-Wish
Make-A-Wish® grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true can have positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illnesses, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Based in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at to learn more.

About Subaru of America, Inc. 
Subaru of America, Inc. is a wholly owned subsidiary of Fuji Heavy Industries Ltd. of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Cherry Hill, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 600 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill production plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive Inc. is the only U.S. automobile production plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. For additional information visit