Gainesville teen battling leukemia gets wish granted with extra surprise

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GAINESVILLE, Texas (KXII) -- Natan Owens is a senior at Gainesville High School, but since February, the hospital room has become his classroom as he battles Leukemia.

"He had already picked his college out, was doing great in school, and he thought his life was over," Natan's grandma Ruth Jones said.

One of the things that has always brought Natan joy is learning about and working on cars and trucks. His story inspired the Make-A-Wish Foundation to find him one, and they called a local dealership for help.

"I started praying on day one, and we found a truck on day 10, and everything else just came together," Cole-McNatt Chevrolet Buick GMC Executive Manager Gene Cole said.

Community members stepped up to remodel the 1994 Chevy Pickup.

"The whole car was repainted from top to bottom, we rebuilt the transmission, put on new brakes, all new suspension, wheels, tires, installed air conditioning," Cole said.

Natan knew he'd get the keys Friday morning, but what he didn't know was that his classmates and more than 200 people would be at Cole-McNatt Chevrolet Buick GMC, cheering him on.

"It means a lot to me, everybody being here to support me," Natan said.

"We are together as one, so we are excited to see him walk the stage in May and we just cant wait to keep going as a community," Gainesville High School student Samantha Williams said.

Natan also received scholarships, free oil changes and most of all, a boost of energy to help him continue his fight.

"I'm feeling better than I was, happy seeing everyone like this," Natan said.

His grandma said after Natan saw the truck and all of the people there to support him, she immediately saw a difference.

"He's smiling and I haven't seen him smile in months and that's all I wanted," Jones said.

"We want Nate to know what a blessing he's been, how many lives he's touched, and we're all with him in this battle," Cole said. "So keep him in your prayers please."

Natan said he'll be taking his new car with him as he heads back to Cook Children's Medical Center in Fort Worth Saturday, a constant reminder of his army of supporters back at home.

"Thank the good Lord for Make-A-Wish," Jones said. "This will bring him up and he'll fight now."