Why a Teen's Funeral Procession Included 2.1K Sports Cars

Alec Ingram's last wish, fulfilled
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 18, 2019 5:00 PM CST

Alec Ingram loved sports cars, and the 14-year-old's last wish was for his funeral procession to be made up of the vehicles. The Missouri teen more than got his wish. He died Nov. 7 after a four-year battle with osteosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer, and 2,157 sports cars and more than 140 motorcycles joined the procession Sunday, KMOV reports. The "Sports Cars for Alec" event was organized by Sydney's Soldiers Always, a nonprofit started in honor of another child who died of cancer at age 8. "When Sydney passed, she had a motorcycle escort like this one but with 3,500 motorcycles," her mom tells CNN. "When Alec saw Sydney's escort, he said, 'That's really cool, but it would be even better with sports cars,' and that's why we organized it."

Drivers came from as far as California, Florida, and New York to join the procession, and participated in a 30-second engine rev before heading out, in honor of the teen. "Our sweet boy lived more life in his 14 yrs then a lot of us could ever imagine," Ingram's mom posted on Facebook. "He was an old soul. Loving his nurses and doctors as family. He touched more lives all over the world in his short time here then we may ever know. His purpose far exceeded what I could ever imagine." (An 8-year-old girl who loved dogs has a similar story.)

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