SANTA MARIA, Calif. -

16-year-old Oscar Lopez and his family pulled up to a Santa Maria fire station just before 4 a.m.  

They thought they were meeting a Wisconsin firefighter who had come 6,000 miles across country to raise money for kids like Oscar.  

But shortly after their meet and greet there was a little emergency, and seconds later a big surprise was revealed. The Make-A-Wish Foundation had retrofitted Oscar's parents van with a special lift for him.  

Oscar lives with cerebral palsy and the process to make this happen started two years ago when Oscar was hospitalized.

It was apparent to the family that they needed to make improvements to transport Oscar more easily, so they reached out to Make-A-Wish for help.

Now the family has a specialized van that will be able to take Oscar all around the central coast and beyond.