Madison cancer survivor receives car

Published: Dec. 1, 2017 at 7:58 PM CST
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Thanks to area businesses, one woman has received a special gift just in time for the holidays.

On Friday afternoon, Esurance, Gates Collision Centers, and Gilda's Club made sure one Madison cancer survivor has a holiday season to remember.

Nancy is a nine-year cancer survivor. She served in the military, is a single mom and a caregiver for her mother.

She says the past decade has brought setbacks and struggles so she says she is grateful to be chosen for the Recycled Rides program.

"I'm overjoyed. I'm overwhelmed. I'm so grateful. I'm just thrilled. It's... the last thing that I'd be expecting," said Nancy.

"It's a joint project between collision repairs and insurance companies. The way the program works is that the insurance company will donate a vehicle that's been deemed a total loss and the collision repair, Gates in this case, will repair the vehicle and provide the parts to bring it back to life so to speak," said Gates Collision Centers Owner Troy Gates.

For eight years, Gates Collision Centers has been a part of the Recycled Rides program. Gates said the vehicles are typically given to veterans.

"This is our chance to give back to the community that supports us," said Gates. "You hit a hardship and you don't have transportation it really affects your entire life so the goal is to restore the vehicle and restore the recipient's life."

"This just is the best and, I don't know, I'm just very glad that I was selected and that people care," said Nancy.

is national program started by the National Auto Body Council.

helped connect the Recycled Ride program to Nancy.