Army veteran fighting cancer gets surprise of a lifetime

Army veteran fighting cancer gets surprise of a lifetime

A Springfield veteran got a major surprise Tuesday. Several local businesses teamed up to give Army Veteran Herbert Crawford just what he needed.

Veteran Crawford got a van to help him out while he and his family face challenges.

Crawford is now battling cancer and having a car to get to treatments is vital because he can use the transportation to get to and from doctors appointments and chemotherapy treatments.

The veteran and his wife will also use the van to safely transport their five children. Crawford said he is extremely grateful for this opportunity.

"It means a lot it says a lot. Someone out there does really care for us veterans, you know they really do," Crawford said.

The van was previously owned and donated by the Inter Veteran's Burial Detail of Sangamon County. The van needed repairs so Zara’s Collision then volunteered to repair and restore the van for the veteran.

Other businesses also got involved by giving the family gift cards, gas cards, and new car seats for the children.

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