Rare Ford Mustang makes cancer survivor's wish come true

Published: Aug. 14, 2016 at 8:40 PM CDT
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This year's Birthplace of Route 66 Festival saw hundreds of rare and classic cars; each with a story behind it, but the owner of one 1970 Mach One Ford Mustang has a survival story that is one of a kind.

Kodi Jones was on vacation with his father when he got news that most 16 year old's will never have to hear.

"Three days before my 17th birthday I was diagnosed with T-Cell Lymphoma which is a form of blood cancer," says Jones.

The Make a Wish Foundation reached out to Kodi and offered him the opportunity of a lifetime.

"Do you want to go on a trip or do you want a car and I said a car sounds nice and they said we won't buy you one but we'll restore one for you," says Jones.

Two-and-a-half years later Kodi was given the keys to a 1970 mustang. Kodi says it instantly became a hit at car shows. "The number one thing I love to see is the shaker hood scoop; I love that so much."

"I like how when you close the hood the engine will just kind of come up," says eight-year-old Eaen Simon.

"You can see the detail right there, everything is original, the hood scoop and everything; with the lock downs, you don't see lock downs any more on the front," says classic car lover Doug Barth. "They would tear up the road with these when I was a kid back in New York; It's just an awesome car."

Three years later Kodi's cancer is in remission and he still gets to enjoy the car he's always wished for; right down to the license plate.

"My dad got that for me; it says my wish and it works because this is my wish, it was my make a wish and it is my dream car," says Jones.

This year's Birthplace of Route 66 Festival had more than 38,000 visitors.