Local man gets dream truck through Dream Foundation

Local man gets dream truck through Dream Foundation

Ernest Wayne Dupree and his fiancé Vanessa Hawkins marvel at the photos taken and framed of the Washington-Holmes Technical Center’s Automotive Collision and Repair’s transformation of his old truck into the new one located behind them.

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 10:45 AM.

CHIPLEY — Ernest Wayne Dupree was told he only had six months to live and his wish of reviving his pickup truck to its former glory was realized through the efforts of Emerald Coast Hospice’s Dream Foundation, Washington-Holmes Technical Center and countless donations from across the community.

The restored pickup truck was presented to him in a heartwarming ceremony on Wednesday, April 17, at WHTC.

“This means a lot to me,” said Dupree. “It’s very overwhelming just to see what I was driving before and what I get now. A year today I was given six months to live and now I’m thanking God that I’m standing here today.”

Misty Brown, medical social worker with Emerald Coast Hospice, explained the Dream Foundation.

“It’s like the Make a Wish Foundation for adults,” said Brown. “Patients turn in an application in the form of a letter of what their dream is and how it will increase their quality of life. We’ve yet to turn down an application.”

For example, Brown said a patient wanted a computer due to being bed bound.

“We even created a Facebook account for her so that she could stay connected to friends and family,” she said. “One wished for her son to be home for Christmas and another wanted a pinball machine. Wishes come in all shapes and sizes.”

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