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Rolling Memorial news story

Syracuse (WSYR-TV) — A trip that started as an inspiration drive for a sick friend has turned into a living memorial for all those affected by cancer.

John Nikas was in Syracuse Thursday with a 1953 Healey 100. The car, now known as “Grace” is covered with thousands of names of people who have won the fight against cancer, those still fighting and those who have passed. Nikas offers children rides and simply spends time with families who need it most.

“We had a man write us in Colorado who lost a five-year-old daughter to cancer nine years ago and everyday he just cried. And he said that just seeing his daughter’s name on the car, surrounded by all the kids, and going places she hadn’t been before made him feel better. For the kids, their parents say for the two or three hours that they’re with us they forget that they’re ill,” Nikas said.

Full story and video: 9wsyr.com

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