It’s really hard to give up something you love. But surely you would do it if your spouse’s life depended on it? Wouldn’t you? and here’s a man who chose to sacrifice one female he loved dearly… for another.
Wesley Ryan used to call his beloved 1993 Mustang “Christine.” He really LOVED that car. And everyone in San Antonio, Texas, KNEW him for his car. But that was 12 years ago, and it broke him to watch her drive away with someone else behind the wheel. His wife, Laura, who was his high school sweetie, had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She was really sick. And he had to sell old Christine to help pay for those mounting medical bills.
Daughter Jeni knew how much her mom’s illness affected him. She also knew he hated parting ways with that car. But he never looked back… family was first.
Says Jeni: “He’s not materialistic — he just wants his family taken care of. And at the end of the day, this all started because my mom was diagnosed with cancer and my dad being the man that he is, he decided to sell his vehicle in a heartbeat.”
To thank their father for all his years of devotion to family, Jeni and her brother, Jake, were able to track down that very same Mustang through its VIN number and were able to make a good deal with the owner of the car. Then they drove an hour and a half to pick it up. So Jeni and Jake, along with their now cancer-free mom Laura, took Wesley to a store parking lot blindfolded. And when that blindfold came off, old Christine was right in front of him. Emotions overtook Wesley.
Wrote son Jake in a post with the video of the surprise: “I know how much it broke him in half seeing that car drive away from him. A day I’ll never forget. Well… She’s back home pops and here to stay this time. Looking forward to building this car with you this time instead of being in a booster seat looking out the window.”
Added Jeni: “He never expected anything back from us. All my dad wanted us to be is successful, and that’s all he ever asked from us. He never asked for his vehicle back.”
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