You may have heard of the show Trick My Truck, where a group of people get together and fix up a truck. Well, a group of venders from east Texas came together for the past three months and did just that - they fixed up 16 year old Matthew Dykes' truck. It was Matthew's wish from Make A Wish, and today KLTV 7 has Matthew's story.
Matthew is a self-titled country boy.
"I like mudding, hunting, fishing. Country music, going out with my friends Friday nights," said Matthew.
But, he was also born with cystic fibrosis, a life-threatening disease affecting his glands and organs.
"Every single day from the time he was born he has had to deal with medicating and physical therapy on his body," said Lisa Dykes, Matthew's mom.
"It doesn't hold me back that much. My mom she has done a really good job of taking care of me," said Matthew.
"When we found out he was going to be able to choose a wish, he was about 2. We thought he was going to be a trip, or meet a celebrity. He waited. He wanted the perfect wish. The perfect wish, and about 6 months ago he said I think I want them to fix up my truck," said Lisa.
In June, Matthew dropped off his 2005 Dodge Ram 1500 at Davis-Green Paint and Body.
"I've always dreamed of having a big truck. I had a list of things I wanted like lift kit and tires and stuff they said they'd throw in some extra things, but I really didn't know what to expect," said Matthew.
And after 3 months, the moment came. Employees at Davis-Green Paint and Body were assisted by Moose Auto Glass, Rough and Ready Outfitters, Bill Day Tire Centers, Performance Audio, Pro-Liner Coatings, ABC Auto Parts, Midas Auto Service, Paint Works and National Trim of Tyler. Much of the work was donated in their spare time. The estimated total of what was done to Matthews truck $27,000.
Many of those who had worked on Matthew's truck were there to see his priceless expression.
"I'm so thankful for all the guys that worked on it. It's just amazing," said Matthew.
One by one, Matthew thanked those who had helped make his wish come true.
"When they pulled it out of that garage you would not have known it was a White Dodge from Forney Texas. this is awesome. This is his dream come true," said Lisa.
"Here it stands like it is. I just love it!" said Matthew.
Matthew says his first trip after getting home is going mudding, and his first passenger will be his mom.