7’s HERO: Parma teen reunites with classic car after restoration

Raymond S. Hughes

Cole Medcoff purchased the old traditional car or truck after he was identified with a brain tumor. It was a great deal a lot more do the job than he bargained for. The neighborhood stepped in to support.

PARMA, Idaho — Two many years ago, we brought you the story of fifteen-calendar year-outdated Cole Medcoff of Parma. He was battling a brain tumor, throughout a pandemic. A definitely difficult problem for this community teen. 

Cole has been in cancer treatment considering the fact that 2019. His father claimed he has been so brave through it all.

“The chemo actually started off to get to him,” Josh Medcoff, Cole’s dad, stated. “I consider it wears on him more than he likes to show. He stays strong for myself and for his mom and for the other minor little ones at the hospital, and for most people all-around him. Just seeing the discomfort and all the things he goes through with this, it is really really hard. As a guardian you want to repair every thing, get care of it, choose absent the suffering, kiss the boo-boo and you can not.”

Months ago, in advance of the pandemic hit, Cole fell in really like with the plan of buying a basic vehicle. He explained bringing a car or truck back to lifestyle just seemed like the excellent thing to expend his additional time on.

“I just saved seeking on Craigslist, on Facebook, for one thing I could travel, I could operate on,” Cole explained.

“We saw the auto on the side of the road and Cole mentioned, Father, that’s it, that is the car or truck, I gotta have it! That is the motor vehicle,”  Josh Medcoff claimed.

Cole put in $1,500 on the battered 1964 Mercury Monterey, understanding it wanted a great deal of TLC. Scott Reynolds, Josh Medcoff’s greatest close friend, needed to enable correct up the vehicle for Cole. He performs at Harold’s Automobile Human body in Boise. 

“What do you do when you discover that out, that your most effective buddy’s son has a brain tumor?” Reynolds explained to KTVB. 

The challenge was, obtaining the dollars to do it. Reynolds requested Cole if they could go to Make-A-Desire Idaho and inquire for enable. Cole refused.

“He stated I am not going to do it. He is not a single to acquire charity, he’s very selfless,” Reynolds reported. “He said every single 7 days, ‘I go to chemo, and I see these tiny youngsters with tubes plugged in, and no hair, and they are throwing up and unwell, and their families are suffering with them.’ He explained to me, ‘I don’t want a car or truck, people children need to go to Disneyland, they require to go to Hawaii, they require their would like even worse than I need a vehicle.'”

So, Reynolds arrived up with an idea to carry in auto outlets from all in excess of the Treasure Valley to support with restoring Cole’s dream auto. 

“I received with my shop’s proprietor, created some essential calls to men and women in town, all the major gamers, and we experienced a conference,” Reynolds discussed. “Can we do this? We all explained, ‘Yeah, we can do this for this child.'”

They also begun a GO FUND ME web site to assemble donations for the rebuild. Cole mentioned he just could not think it when he read the news.

“My dad walks in and stated, ‘I talked to Scott, appears like he is choosing up your auto tomorrow,'” Cole recalled. “He said, ‘They are likely to do a total restoration on it.'”

Reynolds explained to KTVB COVID-19 slowed things down a ton, but he and his astounding group of volunteers stayed focused to the task. 

“My men around here have just been astounding, hundreds of hours of sacrifice,” reported Reynolds. “How usually do you get the possibility to modify someone’s lifestyle, and this is life-modifying? It can be worth it for all of us. It can be a ton of hrs, a large amount of time, a large amount of money, but why not?”

The classic motor vehicle even has “her” have Fb site.

“Maria Monterey the Legend, is what it is really identified as,” Reynolds reported.

This thirty day period, in July of 2022, the motor vehicle was at last completed!  

“It took way more time than we wished it to, but it is really finished,” reported Reynolds with a smile. 

Reynolds sent it to Cole last weekend! 

“Oh it feels astounding, I unquestionably skipped her! It really is been two yrs in the making and I genuinely skipped my little one and I respect owning her again! I appreciate all the awesome work every person has put into it,” Cole Medcoff explained. “I experience that I owe it to myself, my family, and my hometown to take pleasure in this and push it all-around as significantly as doable. I’m going to exhibit it off for anyone that worked on it and supported it.”

Cole explained he is performing definitely very well and his mind tumor is steady. 

“I’m undertaking excellent, there’s been no improve or development in my tumor. I completed chemo about a year and a 50 % ago, so I’m no lengthier on chemo,” Cole stated. 

This teenager is prepared to get started living, which begins with driving his aspiration car. 

“I am likely to go to as numerous car shows as I can,” Cole reported proudly. 

He stated words can not express how grateful he is to Scott Reynolds and his crew.

“When you meet up with a kid which is as selfless as that, he deserves this. Countless numbers of labor hours went in to this car, and all of it was donated. My create crew is just an amazing team of folks. I have to thank absolutely everyone, around the globe, nationwide, Idaho-huge, that has donated and assisted,” mentioned Reynolds. “For two as well as years, this challenge has been my lifestyle. I am very honored, it has been my enjoyment to do this!” 

Reynolds suggests the Fb Webpage for the auto, and the Go Fund Me website page are even now up and working given that the price of rebuilding the car or truck was a whole lot better than they expected it to be. If you would like to assistance, any and all donations are welcome. 

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