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Truck Driver Wish Comes True for Dallas Four-Year-Old

ANN ARBOR, Mich. - Feb 8, 2002 - Four-year-old R.J. Matthews has been fascinated by trucks almost since birth. So when the young Texan, who suffers from a life-threatening illness, announced his wish-of-a-lifetime was to be a truck driver, Domino's Pizza and the Make-a-Wish Foundation® of North Texas teamed up to make R.J.'s wish come true. 

The youngster learned how to crank the engine and blow the horn before taking off in the truck with the Domino's truck driver to deliver fresh pizza ingredients to a Domino's store. R.J. earned a paycheck and a pepperoni pizza –his favorite for his day's work.

"Domino's was the perfect partner to make R.J.'s dream come true," said Charisse Brown, director of donor and public relations for Make-a-Wish Foundation of North Texas. "When we found out we had a child who wanted to be a truck driver, we wondered how we were going to pull it off. With Domino's help, we did."

The Make-A-Wish Foundation of North Texas is a chapter of the Make-A-Wish Foundation of America, the largest wish-granting charity in the world. Since 1984, the Michigan chapter has granted more than 1,600 wishes to children, under the age of 18, living with life-threatening illnesses to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. The Foundation anticipates granting more than 260 wishes this year and has a field office in Tyler, TX. For more information about the North Texas chapter, visit our Web site at call 972-450-9474.

Domino's Pizza, founded in 1960, is the recognized world leader in pizza delivery, operating a network of 7,112 owned and franchised stores in the United States and more than 60 international markets. Domino's is committed to leading the industry in product quality and operational excellence.