Subaru and Make-A-Wish surprise teen Leukemia survivor with Subaru makeover

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Subaru and Make-A-Wish surprise teen Leukemia survivor with Subaru makeover

Tue, 05/04/2021 - 3:34am -- tim

Vermont Business Magazine Twin City Subaru, in partnership with Subaru of New England, Subaru of America, Inc, and Make-A-Wish, surprised a teen Leukemia survivor with a souped-up Subaru on Saturday, May 1. After a battle with acute Leukemia, 17-year-old Julia Chase of Barre, VT, wished for a makeover on her Subaru Legacy through Make-A-Wish Vermont, which grants life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

Berlin, VT’s Twin City Subaru took in Julia’s older model Subaru Legacy earlier this year and gave it a complete overhaul: a fresh coat of paint, new upholstery, exterior upgrades, a blaring new sound system, colorful LED lights, and more. Prior to this, Subaru of America also contributed updates that included a new shift knob, pedal set, Bluetooth radio, WeatherTech floor mats, Subaru interior side sill lights, and more. The complete transformation will be revealed at the Vermont Retailer with Subaru of New England on Saturday evening, complete with music, a food truck, and Julia’s family and friends.

“At Subaru of New England, we’re proud to be more than a car company,” explains Executive Vice President & General Manager, Jeffrey T Ruble. “We couldn’t be happier to help with making Julia’s wish come true with the talented people at Twin City Subaru.”

Julia, who is now in remission, will certainly make a big impression as she heads to her freshman year of college in her new ride this fall.

About Subaru Of New England

Established in 1971 by Ernie Boch, Subaru of New England has exclusive distributor rights for Subaru vehicles and parts in the six states of New England. The year 2021 marks its Golden Anniversary – 50 established years as a privately owned automotive distributorship. From its humble beginnings, SNE has continued to grow and succeed over the past 50 years. As of 2021, Subaru is the third best-selling nameplate in New England for the seventh consecutive year.

About Make-A-Wish

Make-A-Wish creates life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses. Headquartered in Phoenix, Arizona, Make-A-Wish is the world's leading children's wish-granting organization, operating in every community in the United States and in nearly 50 countries worldwide. Together with generous donors, supporters, staff and more than 30,000 volunteers across the U.S., Make-A-Wish delivers hope and joy to children and their families when they need it most. Make-A-Wish aims to bring the power of wishing to every child with a critical illness because wish experiences can help improve emotional and physical health. Since 1980, Make-A-Wish has granted more than 500,000 wishes worldwide; more than 340,000 wishes in the U.S. and its territories alone. For more information about Make-A-Wish America, visit

About Subaru of America, Inc.

Subaru of America, Inc. (SOA) is a wholly owned subsidiary of Subaru Corporation of Japan. Headquartered at a zero-landfill office in Camden, N.J., the company markets and distributes Subaru vehicles, parts and accessories through a network of more than 630 retailers across the United States. All Subaru products are manufactured in zero-landfill plants and Subaru of Indiana Automotive, Inc. is the only U.S. automobile manufacturing plant to be designated a backyard wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. SOA is guided by the Subaru Love Promise, which is the company's vision to show love and respect to everyone, and to support its communities and customers nationwide. Over the past 20 years, SOA has donated more than $200 million to causes the Subaru family cares about, and its employees have logged more than 63,000 volunteer hours. As a company, Subaru believes it is important to do its part in making a positive impact in the world because it is the right thing to do.

May 1, 2021 (Berlin, VT) – Twin City Subaru