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Mentor: Big Brothers Big Sisters changed my life

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PHOENIX (CBS5) -

With the variety of guests and the wackiness of its host, it doesn't take long at Paul's Car Wash for hilarity to ensue, but there is a deeper story.

Brian Bednar and his little brother Andrew Furnish are the perfect pair to tell it.

"Just happy to have him as a big brother. It's been an amazing six years," Furnish said.

Furnish was 9 years old when his mother decided he needed a male role model in his life. She signed him up through Big Brothers Big Sisters and it wasn't long before he was matched with Bednar.

"There are so many experiences as far as challenges. You have good days and bad days like anything else, but, you know, at the end of the day, you are changing a kid's life," Bednar said.

"I'm able to talk to him about basically anything, really," Furnish said.

About 2,200 kids are matched in the Valley, but 300 are on the waiting list, hoping to soon meet a big sister or brother like Bednar.

Donations at fundraisers like Paul's Car Wash help pay for background checks, school supplies and tickets to all the of the events that make these relationships so much fun.

"I guess these are kind of my kids in a way, and it's great to give back to them and, gosh, it has changed my life," Bednar said.

"It turned out great, he's just an amazing big brother," Furnish said.

Click here to learn more about Big Brothers Big Sisters.

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