BIRMINGHAM, Ala. — In Professional Carwashing & Detailing’s June article, “The story of Brian Campbell: ‘The carwash industry’s No. 1 fan,’” Editorial Director Rich DiPaolo delved deeper into the entrancing life of Brian Campbell.
At six months old, Brian was diagnosed with Williams Syndrome, a genetic condition often characterized by medical issues, including cardiovascular disease, developmental delays and learning disabilities. Brian’s heart condition was so critical doctors predicted he would not live past 10 years. However, Brian’s willpower, strength and passion for life as well as his family’s commitment drove him to surpass all odds.
Since he was young, Brian was fascinated with the carwash industry. Eventually Brian and his family shared his love for the industry with another parent of a Williams Syndrome child who also owned a carwash. “He sent Brian a stack of Professional Carwashing & Detailing magazines,” Brian’s mother Valerie recollects. “I took the stack of magazines and made books out of them. I would cut out his favorite pictures and we would write stories about the pictures. I was able to successfully teach him how to read by using this method. As a result of his passion and our hard work, he can now literally read anything that you put before him today.”
Brian and his family have been fixtures at many carwash-related shows and events. Below, in this online exclusive article, are the lyrics to the song Brian sang at his first carwash convention as he marched into the convention hall with the University of Nevada, Las Vegas (UNLV) marching band.
I love car washes, yes indeed. You have carwashes 1, 2, 3
Sprayers and brushes of all kinds. Some are even touch-free.
I love all of you just the same
You are so special to me
Being here with you is my dream
Thank you for spoiling me
You are wonderful, you are grand
This is better than Disneyland
Carwash heaven, here we are
Let’s all have a great time.
You can find the entire June feature on Brian Campbell here.