McHenry, Ill. (WMTV) -- It all started with a memory, that one Janesville woman decided to bring to life.
“He was just mentioning how when he was younger, he had a Camaro,” says Cassy Cutright, daughter-in-law of Kevin Cappis.
Last Tuesday, hospice care was brought in to Cappis' McHenry, Illinois home, several years after suffering a stroke.
“I was just kind of probing him for questions,” Cutright says. “I’m like, ‘Oh what kind of Camaro would you get?’ And he’s like, ‘A black one.’ I said new or old? And he said, ‘I want a brand new one.’ And I kind of just raised my eyebrows and chuckled, ‘Okay.’”
After the visit, Cutright and her Aunt Leslie decided to take a chance. They pulled into a car dealership, and met Jeff Vicari.
“So I just told him the story. I was honest with him,” Cutright says. “Without hesitation, Jeff went and grabbed some keys. He pulled around a blue convertible, and he said, 'Let's go ladies.’”
“I thought to myself, ‘There's only one thing we can do, bring it to him,’” Vicari says.
Vicari drove a brand-new, blue Camaro convertible right up to the window, next to Kevin’s hospital bed.
“I revved up the engine a couple times to make sure he heard it. And I saw him get up and lean over, and I saw the smile. And that was probably worth everything that was there,” Vicari says.
Cutright says she wouldn’t change the moment for anything.
“I feel like Jeff was brought to us. We drove past two or three dealerships on the way there. And I was like, ‘Let’s just turn in here and try.’ And he opened the door. It was almost like he was sent to us,” she says. “Jeff did it without hesitation. He knew he wasn’t making a sale. He still did it. He went out of his way and made it happen.”
Vicari says it’s something he immediately knew he had to do.
“By doing one tiny sliver of good, makes the world for somebody else. You never know how you’re going to impact somebody’s life,” he says. “If I was able to make an ounce of happiness in his life, one of the last things he wants to do, how could I not?”
Cappis wasn’t able to take a final ride, but was able to enjoy the sights and sounds of a brand-new Camaro.
“He kind of hesitated a little bit, and he goes, ‘Is it mine?’ And I said, ‘No, that’s not yours. We’re going to work on getting you a black convertible,’” Cutright says.