Generosity of strangers allows dying father to pass old truck on to daughter

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DENVER -- A Dying Colorado father may have just precious moments left with his 12-year-old daughter. Thanks to the generosity of strangers, he has something to pass on to her that has been passed down in his family for generations.

Madison Avent has just one birthday wish. “I just want my dad to get well,” she told Willie B, a radio personality for KBPI.

But, Madison knows that’s a tall order. Her dad Dallas has stage four brain cancer. Instead, she offers this advice, “You never know when something might happen. Spend every day with them.”

Willie B told his listeners, “I promise, a five minute conversation with a 12-year-old girl will make you reprioritize your entire life.”

Touched by her story and wanting Madison to have something to remember her dad, volunteers went to work, restoring something that’s been in the family for decades: a 1969 Ford F-100 pickup truck.

“My grandfather bought it new from day one,” Dallas said. “He had given it to my dad, then my dad passed it on to me, and now we`re in the process of passing it to my daughter."

Madison said, “I’ve been in it for as long as I can remember. Driving around, going to 7-Eleven, getting Slurpee’s and all that.”

It took two and a half weeks of hard work, but volunteers refurbished the old truck with so many memories.

“It was all just plain blue,” Madison remembered. “I’m just speechless,” she said. And so was her father, “It’s just amazing, I don`t know what words there are.”



  • G Ken Weaver

    As a dad who restores old cars I too have my favorite makes and models that I would wish to pass on down.
    With my oldest daughter, now 54, she too is wanting my latest restoration when I go to that great big garage up in the sky; a 1986 ISUZU TROOPER 4X4; WITH A 1971 SKAMPER TENT TRAILER. Both are restorations and go together as a package. Fortunately fo my daughter mine are finished and reaDY to pass on. Now I kinda hope she isnt in a hurry to get her inheritance. lol
    Great story and I am pleased to see another daughter become an antiques car buff.

    • yiddishlion

      WOW! Now that is a real gem……..(sarcasm on)

  • Wilma

    Great story. I am in the process of building a street rod 1970 Ford F-100 pickup so it’s easy to understand the attraction these old trucks have on people. Enjoy Madison.

  • Jacob Monroe

    If the truth be known, It was not strangers. KBPI radio station called Jerime, the manager of Denver Auto body asking if they would restore a truck. After explaining the situation, Jerime agreed. They would take donations for a couple of weeks to pay for the work and Jerime agreed that Denver Auto Body would do the restoration even if the donations failed to equal the cost of the restoration. Then a funny thing happened. As they began to collect donations, the workers at Denver Auto Body all began to give their own time. Then Jerime, the manager and the Fred, the owner of Denver Auto Body decided to surprise KBPI, the father and the daughter. When the time came to present the truck, Jerime informed them that every dime collected was now in a trust set up for the daughter. In essence, Fred the owner, each worker at Denver Auto Body, the professionals who did the work, and Jerime the manager, all conspired to complete the restoration at no cost. The people who donated? Their donations were turned over to a trust for the daughter, to help secure her future. Isn’t it great that Denver Businesses have such heart.

  • Anna

    Please use spellcheck and grammar check. I expect more from a reporter. Give me a break, already. Good story. Too

    • Jack Meibaum

      Good spelling does not make the man. Good spelling is not a sign of intelligence. Good spelling does not mean you are a better person – it is a gift many have and some do not. It is the content that counts. Personally , I did not even see any errors but I did enjoy a good story.

  • Kevin

    Thank you to all the volunteers. It feels good when you can read good stories instead of bad ones. This will give Dad more peace and the daughter will forever remember this.

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