On Friday, March 3, eighteen-year-old Jade Tankersley of Haines City had her dream-come-true as the keys of her grandfather's newly renovated Chevy Silverado were handed over to her.
Jane was diagnosed with a series of life-threatening illnesses beginning in 2008 and has been battling them ever since. Despite her diagnoses, Jade excelled in high school under the Hospital Homebound program and now currently attends Johnson and Wales University in North Miami, Florida. Here she pursues her passion for cooking; however, she is often interrupted by frequent trips home for treatment.
On Friday, Jade and her family arrived at ACAR Auto Body at 4400 Avenue G. NW in Winter Haven where her grandfather's hand-me-down 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 extended cab 5.3 V8 truck was waiting with brand new renovations and accessories. The truck holds a special spot is Jade's heart, not only because it gets her to and from school, but because it was her "Papi's," who has now been placed in hospice care.
Partnering with Children's Dream Fund in Jade's truck makeover are: Heri Hernandez and Kevin Collier, Finish Masters; Matt McCall and team, ACAR Auto Body; Auto Glass of Mid Florida; Lyle's Vinyl; Tail Pipes Muffler Shop; Robert's Window Tinting; and All Pro Used Auto Parts.
The Children's Dream Fund has been making dreams come true for children with life-threatening illnesses living in West Central Florida since 1981. For more information contact Communications Coordinator Hannah Kaye, email@example.com, c. 954-801-3095 w. 727-896-6390.
Here are some photos of Jade seeing her grandfather's truck fully renovated, surrounded by friends and family.