After a years-long battle with a rare form of bone cancer, 14-year-old Alec Ingram passed away earlier this month. Alec and his family are from Missouri, and while the news of his passing was sad for everyone, they weren�t going to say goodbye before granting his final wish.
Alec (pictured below) loved sports cars and he told his parents that he wanted �race cars and sports cars to take him to his final resting place.�
When he was first diagnosed with osteosarcoma, Alec�s family started a Facebook page to document his journey. Today, the �Alec Ingram�s Fight With Cancer� page has over 12,000 followers. He was much loved by the community, so when his mother put out the call for sports car owners to participate in the procession, the response was overwhelming.
Dana Manley also lost her daughter Sydney to cancer. She�s now the coordinator of �Sydney�s Soldiers Always,� an organization that focuses on granting bucket list items for children with terminal illnesses. Manley helped to coordinate Alec�s funeral procession and was dedicated to making sure his wish came true.
“Alec was just a kid when we met. All of us cancer families just kind of know each other and stick together,” Manley told KMOV4-TV. “Alec was into super cars and sports cars. So, we put out a flier on Facebook to get as many as we could.”
(Source: Sports Cars for Alec Facebook)
According to Manley, over 2,000 cars participated in the event, along with 140 motorcycles. People from all over the country drove to Missouri to take part in the event, including Brian Walker, who traveled 100 miles to join Alec�s procession.
“This shows the humanity in people,” Walker said. “I’m happy to be here. If the family is watching, we appreciate everything. Thank you for this opportunity to come out and do this for your son.”
The parade of cars started at the Six Flags theme park in St. Louis and ended in Washington, MO, where the funeral service took place.
Check out some awesome drone footage of the procession in action…
(c/o Car People Vidz)
In a Facebook post shared by Alec�s parents shortly after he passed, they said their son was an �old soul� who �touched more lives all over the world in his short time here then we may ever know.�
We hope Alec�s family finds peace in the coming days, and that they can be happy knowing they gave their son the best send off imaginable.
You can make a donation to Sydney�s Soldiers Always by clicking here.