Family selling classic car to pay for cancer treatment

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O'DONNELL, TX (KCBD) - In the small town of O'Donnell stands a home that holds memories of Herman Lawhon.

"These trophies are all his many of years of racing," Elizabeth Wideini said. "There were a warehouse full of trophies, but we let a lot of them go."

Herman was a drag racing champion, and a dedicated family man. He died from cancer in 1999 and left his prized possessions behind.

One possession still holds a special place in his daughter Adeena Lawhon's heart, a 1987 Mustang GT Convertible that he bought for her 30 years ago. The car still has only 826 miles on it.

"His intention was to put the car up for 20 years. He told my mother to sell it after 20 years for double what he paid for it at least," Wideini said.

Adeena never planned on selling her father's gift, but she also never expected to be in the situation she is in now.

"We would have liked to keep the car for a very long time, but my mother has come down with Lymphoma," Wideini said. "The doctors are treating her, but there's a bill."

Adeena was diagnosed with that cancer six months ago and is currently undergoing radiation treatments. The cost of treatment has climbed too high so Adeena has to part with her dad's final gift.

Herman died of cancer and would want her to do what she could to win that battle.

Family and friends are surprised at what Adeena is willing to give up.

"It wasn't my first thought. I said let's sell some houses or maybe every other thing that we own besides that car," Wideini said.

It wasn't an easy decision because this is more than a car to this family.

"When we have the car here, we can still hang on and it feels like his racing spirit is still very much a part of our lives," she said.

But they say it was really their only decision.

"We don't want to see the car go, but I'll trade a million cars for my mother," Wideini said.

Adeena wanted to share her father's memory one last time, by putting it in a car show.

"I don't think he ever put a car in a car show, he only put it in races, but he will be smiling down on us as we are sharing his memory," Wideini said.

You can see Adeena's 1987 Mustang GT convertible that only has 826 miles on it Saturday at the Mustang Round Up Car Show at Wayland University Lubbock Campus from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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