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

Cole Medcoff purchased the aged vintage auto immediately after he was diagnosed with a mind tumor. It was a lot extra function than he bargained for. The local community stepped in to support.

PARMA, Idaho — Two several years in the past, we introduced you the tale of fifteen-yr-aged Cole Medcoff of Parma. He was battling a mind tumor, all through a pandemic. A really difficult circumstance for this area teen. 

Cole has been in most cancers treatment method considering that 2019. His dad claimed he has been so brave as a result of it all.

“The chemo really begun to get to him,” Josh Medcoff, Cole’s father, mentioned. “I imagine it wears on him far more than he likes to present. He stays strong for myself and for his mom and for the other tiny little ones at the medical center, and for everybody around him. Just seeing the soreness and almost everything he goes by way of with this, it’s seriously hard. As a father or mother you want to correct anything, acquire care of it, choose absent the ache, kiss the boo-boo and you can not.”

Months in the past, just before the pandemic hit, Cole fell in like with the plan of buying a basic car. He said bringing a vehicle back again to life just appeared like the perfect point to shell out his more time on.

“I just kept looking on Craigslist, on Facebook, for a little something I could push, I could get the job done on,” Cole claimed.

“We saw the car or truck on the aspect of the road and Cole claimed, Dad, that’s it, that is the motor vehicle, I gotta have it! Which is the vehicle,”  Josh Medcoff said.

Cole put in $1,500 on the battered 1964 Mercury Monterey, knowing it essential a ton of TLC. Scott Reynolds, Josh Medcoff’s greatest close friend, desired to support correct up the vehicle for Cole. He performs at Harold’s Vehicle Human body in Boise. 

“What do you do when you uncover that out, that your ideal buddy’s son has a mind tumor?” Reynolds advised KTVB. 

The dilemma was, receiving the funds to do it. Reynolds asked Cole if they could go to Make-A-Wish Idaho and check with for assist. Cole refused.

“He said I’m not going to do it. He’s not just one to get charity, he’s pretty selfless,” Reynolds claimed. “He mentioned each individual week, ‘I go to chemo, and I see these little young ones with tubes plugged in, and no hair, and they are throwing up and ill, and their households are struggling with them.’ He instructed me, ‘I don’t require a auto, individuals youngsters need to have to go to Disneyland, they need to go to Hawaii, they need to have their would like worse than I have to have a auto.'”

So, Reynolds came up with an concept to bring in motor vehicle retailers from all more than the Treasure Valley to help with restoring Cole’s dream car or truck. 

“I bought with my shop’s owner, made some important phone calls to men and women in city, all the major gamers, and we experienced a conference,” Reynolds stated. “Can we do this? We all mentioned, ‘Yeah, we can do this for this child.'”

They also began a GO FUND ME webpage to obtain donations for the rebuild. Cole stated he just could not imagine it when he read the news.

“My father walks in and explained, ‘I talked to Scott, appears to be like like he’s picking up your auto tomorrow,'” Cole recalled. “He said, ‘They are likely to do a full restoration on it.'”

Reynolds explained to KTVB COVID-19 slowed factors down a good deal, but he and his remarkable team of volunteers stayed committed to the undertaking. 

“My fellas close to below have just been incredible, 1000’s of hrs of sacrifice,” reported Reynolds. “How normally do you get the likelihood to improve someone’s everyday living, and this is existence-changing? It is really well worth it for all of us. It is a great deal of hrs, a ton of time, a lot of revenue, but why not?”

The common vehicle even has “her” possess Fb site.

“Maria Monterey the Legend, is what it can be known as,” Reynolds mentioned.

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

“It took way for a longer period than we needed it to, but it is performed,” reported Reynolds with a smile. 

Reynolds shipped it to Cole very last weekend! 

“Oh it feels incredible, I certainly skipped her! It’s been two several years in the making and I seriously missed my newborn and I recognize acquiring her back again! I really like all the incredible operate everybody has place into it,” Cole Medcoff reported. “I sense that I owe it to myself, my family members, and my hometown to take pleasure in this and generate it all-around as much as possible. I am heading to display it off for all people that worked on it and supported it.”

Cole reported he is performing genuinely nicely and his brain tumor is steady. 

“I am accomplishing excellent, you can find been no alter or development in my tumor. I completed chemo about a calendar year and a 50 % back, so I am no longer on chemo,” Cole said. 

This teen is all set to start out residing, which starts with driving his desire automobile. 

“I am heading to go to as quite a few automobile displays as I can,” Cole explained proudly. 

He explained phrases can not categorical how grateful he is to Scott Reynolds and his crew.

“When you fulfill a kid that is as selfless as that, he justifies this. Hundreds of labor several hours went in to this car or truck, and all of it was donated. My create team is just an incredible group of people. I have to thank anyone, worldwide, nationwide, Idaho-wide, that has donated and served,” said Reynolds. “For two in addition many years, this venture has been my lifestyle. I am really honored, it has been my satisfaction to do this!” 

Reynolds says the Fb Website page for the vehicle, and the Go Fund Me page are continue to up and operating due to the fact the charge of rebuilding the motor vehicle was a lot increased than they anticipated it to be. If you would like to assistance, any and all donations are welcome. 

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