Strangers help dying Colorado dad restore special truck for daughter

1969 Ford F-100 pickup
1969 Ford F-100 pickup

DENVER (KDVR/CNN) – 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: re-telling what she recently told KBPI radio personality Willie B, it’s simple.

“I just want my dad to get well,” Madison said.

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,” Madison said.

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

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,” Madison’s father Dallas Avent 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.”

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

Two and a half weeks of hard work and that old pickup with so many memories.

“It was all just plain blue,” Madison said.

Will be ready when Madison is old enough to drive.

“I’m just speechless,” Madison said.

“’It’s just amazing, I don’t know what words there are,” Dallas said.

And they also set up a CD for Madison with all the extra money they raised from donations.

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