To our dreamer, Jeffery, family has always been the most important part of his life. Although he was diagnosed with metastatic cancer, he remains optimistic and is confident that life is worth living for as long as he can. When he was young, he bought his dream car: a blue 1971 HQ GTS Monaro coupe. This car has been with him through meeting his wife, the birth of his four children, watching them grow up, and will stand by him until his last days. He wrote a heartfelt letter to Dream Maker Louise explaining his dream. In his own beautiful words, here is his story.
It is very hard to think of a dream that comes close to wishing for a cure and living to see my family grow old together. I have to be realistic and as I have said to many people “I have come across a road bump in my life and it’s a good one at that!” But I will fight it till the end and make sure what time I have is unforgettable for everyone.
I have four children three boys Jacob 21, Bradley 19, Andrew 17 and my beautiful daughter Samantha 12. Another important part of my life is my wife Donna. I met her in 1986 when she was 14 and I was16, we have been together ever since and are still going strong today. Donna and I have been married now 23 years but together as a couple for 32 years.
Not long after Donna & I met I purchased my dream car, a blue 1971 HQ GTS Monaro coupe. We loved this car and it holds many memories. This car took us on our first dates (when Donna was old enough to go on “dates”) I taught Donna how to drive in this car, we went on holidays, brought home the groceries, visited friends and showed it off in our hometown of Bathurst, especially on Mt. Panorama’s race weekend and in more recent years it has taken the kids to their graduations.
When our children came along we purchased a more suitable family car and the Monaro was parked in the shed where it remained unregistered gathering dust for many years. The interior deteriorated and the paint job faded and cracked in places. It wasn’t forgotten but our priorities had changed and our money was needed for our kids.
As the boys got older they were more interested in the old V8 sitting in the back of the shed, so it came out had a wash and was started up occasionally. I got it re-registered so I could take them for a drive and let them grow to love it as much as I do.
We are all still very proud of our old HQ and the boys love to show it to their friends. We even included it in some recent family photos we had taken but it needs some work (it looks better in the photos than it actually is!)
My dream would be to see my Monaro returned to its former “glory days.”
I would love to see the paint work redone so it will last for generations to come. In time I hope to save enough to have the interior fixed up as well.
The Monaro is and will always be a part of my life and family’s life and it will be handed down to family as time moves on. My wish is that my car will be restored so that it can escort me on my final journey with one of my boys behind the wheel. I cannot imagine how they will feel on that day but I am hoping that the car will give them comfort, it is a little piece of me and a reminder that I will be around them forever. I know they will treasure it and be as proud of it as I have been.
I am so blessed to have my beautiful family and my greatest achievement will always be being a Dad and husband, I am so grateful for the years we have had together and the memories we have made.
As my Doctor said to me I have what a lot of people spend a lifetime looking for and never find, and now I have the chance to make more memories, treasure every day and say goodbye, not everyone has that opportunity.
It’s going to be so hard for my family when I am not around as many other families have and will experience. I also can’t imagine not being around to see them as they continue to grow and live their dreams, to watch them achieve their milestones and help celebrate their successes throughout their lives. I am sure my Monaro will be at many of these events; graduations, weddings, dates and maybe even taking my future grandchildren for a drive!
I haven’t been in a position to have my car paint restored, my priority has always been to provide for my family. My dream is to have it restored so that it can remain an important part of my family, a reminder of me and a family keepsake.
I understand you would have other requests for dreams so I realise that this may not be possible. I also know that even if the car didn’t have the paint fixed it would still be part of me and will always be treasured by my family.