When his wife, Laura, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 17 years ago, Wesley Ryan sold his cherished white 1993 Ford Mustang GT to help pay for her medical bills. .
His son, Jake, said that selling the car was “one of the biggest sacrifices I’ve seen him have to make for us, for all of us. I know how much it broke him in half seeing that car drive away from him. A day I’ll never forget.” .
With so many years passed, Wesley, 47, had no idea what was about to happen when his wife and kids blindfolded him in a department store parking lot earlier this month, then broke down in tears when they revealed the Mustang on the back of a flatbed truck. .
The touching moment was captured on video with the Zac Brown Band song “My Old Man” playing in the background, and posted to Jake’s Facebook page. .
Jake told the San Antonio Express-News that he came across the car while perusing Craigslist a couple of years ago, but couldn’t close a deal. When it popped up again recently, he, his sister, Jeni and her boyfriend all chipped in to buy it. .
In a sad twist of fate, the seller was letting it go because her own mother had contracted ovarian cancer and they needed the money for treatment. .
Wesley told the Express-News that what his children did for him “shows where they are: they are balanced human beings. .
My wife and I have succeeded, we’ve raised productive adults, it’s the strongest, most powerful feeling that a parent can have.”