Nashua Valley Model Railroad Partners With Make A Wish Foundation To Make A Child’s Wish Come True

The Nashua Valley Model Railroad Association (NVRRA) has teamed up with the Make A Wish Foundation of New Hampshire to make a dream come true for a seriously ill child in Salem, NH.

Through the design and build of a young boy’s ideal model train layout, a 4 year old boy with a life threatening illness and a simple love of trains has his wish granted through the generosity of area model train enthusiasts.

Billy is young boy from Southern NH who has spent 3 of his 4 years of life in and out of Children’s Hospital in Boston with an extremely rare form of cancer and severe heart problems. 

Having been through many chemo/radiation treatments for his cancer, in addition to many heart operations, his resilience is a testament to his zest for life.

Now an active child with the worst is behind him, Billy has returned to school and now has the time to explore his vast love of trains.

When volunteers from the Make A Wish Foundation were looking to find an organization who could assist them in making Billy’s wish for a toy train set come true, they discovered the NVRRA’s website and reached out. 

“When we heard about a sick child who likes trains, we would have done anything to help the boy and his family” said Peter D’Olimpio, the Association’s Treasurer. 

The 2 organizations met to discuss how they could best help Billy and his family, and after reviewing various layout designs (as well as the boy’s limitations), a layout was designed, built, and delivered to the boy’s home just before last Thanksgiving.

On delivery day, Billy’s mother was overjoyed by the perfect model train set for her young son! Once assembled within the home, Billy and his entire family were thrilled with the trains and thankful for the help that NVRRA pitched in to make Billy’s dreams come true.

Both the Make A Wish and Nashua Valley organizations have agreed to work together in the future as opportunities arise to help families in similar situations.  “It is a great chance to both help needy families as well as promote the hobby at the same time” said D’Olimpio. The Nashua Valley Railroad Association is looking forward to working with the Make A Wish Foundation in the future projects like this!

About the organizations:

Founded in 1983, The Make-A-Wish Foundation of New Hampshire is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization whose mission is to grant the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength, and joy. Fulfilling a child’s wish provides a joyful and meaningful experience that benefits both the child and the family.   Contact names supplied upon request. For more information, visit

Founded in 1952, the Nashua Valley Railroad Association of Shirley, MA is a 501(c)(7) non-profit organization whose mission is to promote the hobby of model railroading within our community.  Its members share many aspects of both model and actual railroading as a common interest. The Association is in process of building a state of the art, museum quality model railroad layout depicting the Boston & Maine Railroad running between Portland, ME and Mechanicville, NY. For more information, visit or contact Peter D’Olimpio, Treasurer, NVRRA on 978 840 2898 or

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One Response to Nashua Valley Model Railroad Partners With Make A Wish Foundation To Make A Child’s Wish Come True

  1. laura Gallant says:

    For some years I was going to build my own HO gauge train set up but when one of my grandsons wanted O gauge I went with that for him…..Now I am downsizing and I have some ho gauge, kits, track and accessories that i wish to GIVE to some young person (preferably) or someone with maybe minimum financial resouces…..would you know of such a person…? I also have emailed to the NVRRA site..thank you…

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