Thousands of sports cars lined up in a funeral procession Sunday to honor a Missouri teen who died after a long battle with cancer.
Alec Ingram, 14, of Washington, died Nov. 7, KDSK reported. Before he died, Alec said his final wish was to have sports cars as part of his funeral procession, the television station said.
On Sunday, he got his wish.
Ingram was diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a bone cancer, in May 2015. His story touched many in the community, which is located about 50 miles west of St. Louis, a city known as the corncob pipe capital of the world.
Pass the Kleenex box. This show of support for Alec Ingram this Sunday in Washington, Missouri is going to be unbelievable. Take two minutes and read his story. You won't regret it. https://t.co/4fvg8eNEyf @kmov— Claire Kellett (@Claire_Kellett) November 15, 2019
"(The procession is) beginning around noon; the funeral is around 1 p.m. But we'll begin shutting down streets around 11," Washington Police Department spokesman Sgt. Steve Sitzes told KTVI. "We have anywhere from 3,200 to 4,500 cars expected. This child loved classic cars and muscle cars."
"Alec was just a kid we met. All of us cancer families just kind of know each other and stick together," Dana Manley told KMOV. "Alec was into supercars and sports cars. So, we put out a flyer on Facebook to get as many as we could."
Manley lost her daughter, Sydney, to cancer, the television station reported. The organization Manley founded, Sydney's Soldiers Always, recruited nearly 4,500 sports and exotic cars through its Facebook page.
The procession will be led by a Camaro limousine, KMOV reported.
The Washington Police Department is being assisted in the funeral procession by police departments in nearby Eureka and Union, along with the Missouri State Highway Patrol, according to KTVI.
Downtown Washington supports the Alec Ingram family https://t.co/RyZHpPSAsL pic.twitter.com/Q7rSBHQWmf— FOX2now (@FOX2now) November 17, 2019
"I know it's going to be an inconvenience for some but this is what this child wanted and we're trying to make that happen," Sitzes told the television station.The funeral procession for childhood cancer victim Alec Ingram will be Sun. 11/17 at 1 pm. His wish to have sports cars escort him has over 3,000 registered to attend. There may be traffic congestion along the procession route. The map below outlines the route. pic.twitter.com/cmkyQmIEbU
— Washington MO EMA (@washmo_ema) November 14, 2019
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