Video: Alki-filmed commercial debuts, starring Make-A-Wish boy

One sunny September day, a Subaru showed up on the sand at Alki Beach

(9/10/2014 photo by Don Brubeck)
Commercial shoots aren’t that rare over here, but we don’t often get to see the finished product. This time, we do – watch for the Alki scenes in the middle and at the end:

Thanks to Creighton for pointing out that the Subaru spot is now on the air, and that the Alki scenes feature a Make-A-Wish kid named Ryan. While the commercial itself doesn’t reveal much about Ryan – not even his name – Subaru also made a “behind-the-scenes” video about him, explaining that Alki was relevant because his “wish” is a trip to Hawaii. Further research turns up even more of his story, as well as his website. He is a Black Diamond resident diagnosed a year and a half ago with aplastic anemia, for which he received a bone-marrow transplant last May. His mom writes here about their experience being part of the commercial shoot on Alki, which didn’t promote a specific car model but rather the company’s charity-donation program.

5 Replies to "Video: Alki-filmed commercial debuts, starring Make-A-Wish boy"

  • clark5080 November 30, 2014 (11:22 am)

    Make a Wish is one great organization. Our family is the recipient of a wish from Make Wish

  • Steve November 30, 2014 (2:12 pm)

    Passing Ryan’s story on to some people that I think can make his wish happen.

  • me November 30, 2014 (3:41 pm)

    Saw this ad this week in vancouver,wa. I knew it was Alki

  • Willis November 30, 2014 (5:04 pm)

    I remember a toyota 4 runner blasting through the sand a few summers ago at around 3am. Mustve been a toyota commercial..

    • WSB November 30, 2014 (5:15 pm)

      Don’t think so. Hope you called the police!

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