Church Hill family able to restore late son's dream car

Carmen Musick • Sep 18, 2010 at 2:36 AM

Parents spend most of their lives helping their children achieve their hopes and dreams. They never expect to have to finish them on their own. Dale and Peggy Everhart will soon mark another milestone in an unforgettable journey when they bring their son’s dream car back home to Church Hill.

“A lot of people know about the car. I’m going to put a copy of Chad’s story in the glove box so it’ll always be there,” she said. This is Chad’s story. ‘Heartache and joy’“Dec. 24, 1986, began a journey of heartache and joy with the most extraordinary person that I have been fortunate to know and love,” Peggy said.

It was on that unforgettable Christmas Eve that the Everharts’ then 14-year-old son, Chad, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia (AML), and became a patient at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.“For the next 23 months, we watched as this remarkable young man showed us how to live and face death with more courage and faith than I have ever witnessed,” Peggy said.

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