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Boy Who Asked For Ferrari Stickers On Coffin Gets To Ride In The Real Thing

Boy Who Asked For Ferrari Stickers On Coffin Gets To Ride In The Real Thing

After being tragically diagnosed with a terminall illness, all one little boy wanted was some Ferrari stickers to go on his coffin - what he got was a dream come true.

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The video of 11-year-old Caleb Hammond having the time of his life speeding along in a Ferrari is breaking hearts all over the Internet.

Caleb was diagnosed with leukemia last year, but was recently told his treatment had stopped working - his cancer is terminal so he and his family decided to try and enjoy the time he has left away from hospitals beds.

Caleb has collected racing stickers from all over the world and really wanted some Ferrari ones to go on his coffin, when the time comes.

His story spread across the country and caught the attention of a Ferrari dealer owner in South Florida.

Credit: Seven News
Credit: Seven News
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KCCI reported Garrett Hayim, the owner of a Ferrari dealership in Fort Lauderdale, decided to give the young racing fan the chance to ride in a $3 million (£2.3m) race car.

Garrett then made sure Caleb was equipped for his ride and sent a Ferrari, driver and racing suit from South Florida to the Iowa Speedway - where Caleb wiould have the ride of his life.

The dealership owner was compelled to help the boy when he heard his story as he could relate, with his dad being a cancer survivor.

During a phone call he said: "Maybe I can pull off shipping the race teams, the whole team.

Credit: 7 News
Credit: 7 News

"The truck, the trailer, the race cars, the drivers, ship them all to Iowa and see if we could give this guy a day to remember."

Garrett added: "If he's at that point, he needs to enjoy every single day because his moments count even more than yours and mine."

Caleb then spent the day with a professional race car driver, doing donuts, and speeding around the Iowa track at a whopping speed of 202 mph.

The 11-year-old commented on his amazing ride, saying: "When we did the donuts, it felt like a tornado."

He continued: "This is something I will never forget."

Credit: 7 News
Credit: 7 News

Caleb's dad, John Hammond, commented on his son's decision not to try for any more hospital treatment.

He said: "I believe he made the right choice to live it out, doing what we're doing instead of laying in a hospital bed."

It was certainly an amazing day for Caleb, but as his story spread, and people learned more information about his ambitions, it soon emerged that there's another thing he'll be doing soon.

The young sports fan said he's always wanted to see the Green Bay Packers play - so the NFL team invited him and his family to attend one of their games.

Featured Image Credit: Seven News

Topics: News, Feels, US News, USA

Rachael Grealish

Rachael is a NCTJ qualified journalist from West Cumbria, with a passion for news, features and journalism. Outside of work Rachael loves plenty of coffee, running and reading.

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