Friday, May 13, 2016

Peter Hagberg, of New York, went to a car dealership last week in hopes of crossing off the final item on his bucket list, purchasing a Ford Mustang GT convertible.

While Hagberg was car shopping he opened up to the car salesmen about his health struggles. The West Herr dealership responded by selling Hagberg his dream car at cost.

Days later, the West Herr auto dealership group -- 23 dealerships in all –- gave Hagberg and his wife, Jane, a check for $5,000 to help cover medical costs and pay for a road trip in the Mustang to visit their grandchildren in Maine and Pennsylvania.

“I was blown away,” Hagberg said. “It restored my faith in people.”

James Raymond is the sales manager told ABC News that he and a fellow salesman knew immediately they wanted to help Hagberg even more.

“We were both looking at each other saying, ‘We need to go a step further,’” Raymond recalled. “We were in awe of his spirit and his personality.”

Reynolds reached out to Matt Lasher, West Herr’s marketing director and the dealership donated $5000.

“We were definitely touched by Peter’s story and wanted to do something special and allow him to go on a road trip and see his family and take full advantage of his car,” Lasher told ABC News. “We wanted to surprise him.”

Raymond added, “What we did is small compared to the battles that Mr. Hagberg faces everyday.”

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