Valley boy recovering from cancer gets dream fulfilled

A 15-year-old Valley boy recovering from cancer will soon have one of his dreams fulfilled -- thanks to a group of retirees from Sun City West.

Their love of restoring cars is making a difference and helping him on his road to recovery.

Zane Childress traded his first year of high school for hospital beds after doctors discovered two cancerous tumors inside him.

Meanwhile a 1972 Chevy pickup truck, a gift from his father, sat at home badly in need of repair.

All Zane wanted was to get better, fix it up and drive it one day.

"It means a lot. I love that truck. It means everything to me. So it's like a pretty big part of me," he said.

The Make-A-Wish Foundation tried to help make that happen, but the plans fell through.

So a club close to home called Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West stepped up instead.

"We decided, how you can turn down a kid like that, that wants his '72 pickup restored?" said David Eicke with ARC.

It turns out ARC is getting in the business of helping others for free with a program called On the Road Again. They plan to restore cars for those who can't afford to.

"We've been given a lot, we want to give a lot," said Lauren Matley with ARC.

It's a gift Zane and his mother Michelle never expected to get.

"It's kind of like a domino effect. Again, if it was his original wish that was granted, it wouldn't have impacted the community like this will," Michelle Childress said.

On top of that, this summer Zane found out he's cancer free.

With the help of ARC and several local businesses, his truck should be ready in January, just in time for his 16th birthday.

"Words can't even explain you know. Like words are not enough, thank you's not enough," Zane said.

Print this article Back to Top

Comments