Make-A-Wish to fulfill teen's Wall Street wish

A Bay Area teen will soon visit Wall Street and ring the bell at the NYSE thanks to the magic of the Make-A-Wish Foundation.
A Bay Area teen's wish is about to come true thanks to the magic of the Make-A-Wish Foundation. They're the same group that made Batkid a social media sensation. We found out, however, that this boy's wish requires a much different costume.

It's not often a high school kid gets to pick out a pair of $700 shoes. But Terry "Tre" Grinner is no ordinary 17-year-old.

"Chemo's not fun, chemo's not fun," he said. "But you know, it's something that you gotta go through, it's something that happens."

Last Christmas Tre was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma. Because he's so young, the Make-A-Wish Foundation approached him.

"He immediately said 'I want to go to Wall Street, I want to work on Wall Street,'" said his mother, Amy Perazzo.

And now that he's done with chemo, that wish is about to come true. But to do it, Tre needs to dress for the job.

Shoe designer Michael Toschi is no stranger to Make-A-Wish. He's been on their board for the past year.

"It's been a real honor for me to be involved," Toschi said. "And the give is the get, you know, in Make-A-Wish."

Tre settled on the shoes any banker would envy.

Toschi: "You like that one?"
Tre: "I like this one."
Toschi: "Okay, it's called the Romeo."
Tre: "The Romeo?"
Toschi: "Yeah, you have a girlfriend?"
Tre: "I do."
Toschi: "You might have a few more by the time you get done!"
Tre: "I think I'm gonna go with the Romeo."

He'll be wearing them to New York for a whirlwind tour and a mini internship, to learn the world of investment banking.

"I've always been pretty obsessed with complicated things," Tre said. "And you know, I mastered computers. I mastered, you know, cars. And when I saw Wall Street and how complicated and complex things are, I just kind of fell in love with it."

With a limo trip to Ralph Lauren, he soon learned dressing for that world is also complex.

He'll wear a new suit when he rings the bell at the New York Stock Exchange, along with all the people he hopes will one day be his colleagues.

"This is how I dream myself looking every day on Wall Street, out there working," Tre said. "You know, I never thought I'd get this close to how I looked in my dreams, but I did."

As part of his trip, Tre will have a "mini internship" at Goldman Sachs and will also go to Yankess Stadium with a group from Goldman who are working on a deal with the team.

"Wishes like Tre's are wonderful not only because of how much they affect the child, but because they touch so many other people too," said Make-A-Wish Greater Bay Area Executive Director, Patricia Wilson. "Tre will be meeting a lot of people during his time in New York, and each of them will understand the power of a wish. It's incredibly powerful."
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