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Heart-melting story: Group of strangers restore truck for dying father to pass on to 12-year-old daughter

COLORADO – A dying Colorado father may have just a few precious moments left with his 12-year-old daughter.

But 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 just turned 12. Unlike most other girls her age, she has just one birthday wish: “I just want my dad to get well,” said Avent.

But Madison knows that’s a tall order. Her dad has stage four brain cancer.

So, instead, she offers this advice:

“You never know when something might happen. Spend every day with them.”

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.

“My grandfather bought it new from day one.”

“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.”

“I’ve been in it for as long as I can remember. Driving around, going to 7-11, getting slurpees and all that,” said Madison.

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.”