SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. - The Barrett-Jackson Car Auction goes far beyond just buying and selling cars. The company also gives back.
Zane Childress, 15, was diagnosed with an incurable disorder that causes tumors to grow inside and outside his body. Make-A-Wish Arizona decided to make his dream come true, restoring his grandfather’s 1972 Chevrolet Cheyenne truck.
"This truck means everything to me," Zane said. "I’ve had this thing since I was 8-years-old. It kind of means a lot. It’s beautiful like this."
Zane started the day thinking he was getting a private tour of the auction on Sunday from Craig Jackson himself, but his cool day turned into an awesome surprise when he saw the completely restored truck on display.
"Granting these wishes, this was our dream when we started talking to Make-A-Wish, to actually help grant these, not just raise the money," Jackson said.
Zane had the chance to sit behind the wheel of his truck, complete with personal license plates, and start the engine.
"For a lot of children, it’s going someplace," said Michael Graham, Zane’s doctor. "But for Zane, he’s talked about this truck that’s been lying around in somebody’s backyard for quite a while. I think this is a dream come true for him."
His treatment is going well, and he has returned to school. The Automotive Restoration Club of Sun City West worked with Make-A-Wish Arizona, local Sun City mechanics and Zane’s high school automotive class late last year to get Zane’s truck in working order. Premier Coach Works in El Mirage restored and refurbished the truck.