Community comes together to grant truck restoration wish


PIGEON FALLS, Wis. (WEAU)- An old truck is restored to its former glory. All because of the wish of a local young man battling cancer and the hard work and dedication of several volunteers.

Last October 18-year old Zach Lambright was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. During treatment his doctors referred him to the Make-A-Wish program where he asked them to restore his classic 1979 Chevy truck. That wish was granted and Zach got to see his truck for the first time Sunday.

”When he gets his mind on anything he can fix it, he is a mechanical minded kid,” Mervin Lambright said.

Mervin Lambright says his son Zach has always had a knack for fixing things. But last October, a wrench was thrown at Zach’s future plans. Something that made him hit the brakes and put his life on hold.

“It was a shock you know. I just never thought it would hit the family,” Mervin said.

Zach was diagnosed with stage four melanoma. He underwent surgeries and chemotherapy to get the tumors removed from his spine.

During his treatment, doctors in La Crosse reached out to the Make-A-Wish foundation to brighten his spirits. Zach’s wish was to restore an old truck back to its former glory.

Klomsten & Sons Collision Center in Whitehall got the call from Make-A-Wish to help restore the 1979 Chevy Scottsdale. They say they don’t normally do full restorations, but when they heard Zach's story and his wish to restore his old truck they knew they had to help.

“It’s kind of a nice experience to get asked to do it. We'll probably never get this opportunity again,” Troy Klomsten said.

For Zach,seeing his new set truck on Sunday left him thankful and speechless.

“I’m just thankful for Make-A-Wish and Klomsten’s what they have done for me. I’m thankful for everyone who has donated to help me out,” Zach Lambright said.

Now with his new set of wheels Zach says he has his sights set far down the road to recovery.


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