Children surprise dad with 1993 Ford Mustang he had sold when his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 12 years ago
Ryan had named the car after the 1983 movie of the same name and his daughter Jeni said that the only way to his heart was his car.
Seventeen years ago, Wesley Ryan, who used to be known around for his 1993 Ford Mustang which he used to call Christine, sold it when medical bills started to pile up after his wife was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
Ryan had named the car after the 1983 movie of the same name and his daughter Jeni said that the only way to his heart was his car. About 12 years later, his children still never forgot the sacrifice he had made for their family. So, they decided to surprise him by reuniting him with Christine.
Two years ago, Ryan's son, Jake, came across the same car on Craigslist, but since the brother-sister could not agree on the price with the seller, they declined it. And last month he decided to look for Christine again, and luck decided to favor the siblings.
According to CBS News, Jeni said, "So my brother calls me, tells me, 'Hey, I found Christine online."
And without thinking twice, Jake, Jeni and her boyfriend Julian contacted the woman who was selling the car. The trio then immediately drove up till Kyle, Texas, to go pick up the car.
Later they organized a surprise, with the help of their mom who is now 13-years cancer free. They told their dad to meet them up around 9.25 at Kohl's parking lot and he showed up. "It was pretty crazy, a lot of props to my brother that night," Jeni said of the grand surprise.
"The whole time [my dad] thought something was wrong ... He had no idea what was going on." And when Ryan showed up they blindfolded him and made him sit on the curb. Then, they rolled Christine in on a flatbed truck. They matched the VIN number to make sure it was the same car as well.
In the heartwarming video, we can see Ryan bursts out in tears the minute he sees his car while giving each of his kids a nice big hug. The video went viral after Jake posted it on Facebook.
"We never imagined to for this to be as viral as it is. My dad is loved by many, so I figured locally it would hit a lot of people, but not once did I think it would be hitting worldwide," Jeni said.
"To me, it's not about being viral ... it was just something small that we could do for him."
"That's not his world, but it's one of the pieces to his heart. You just can't replace it with any other vehicle," she said. "He's not materialistic — he just wants his family taken care of. And at the end of the day, this all started because my mom was diagnosed with cancer and my dad being the man that he is, he decided to sell his vehicle in a heartbeat."
Jake now plans on working with his dad to fix up Christine and get her back on the road just like the good old days.