Special to GUIDON
1st Lt. Nicholas Hendry Company E, 2nd Battalion, 48th Infantry Regiment executive officer, serves as the vice president of a local car club. Hendry organized a large car rally to fulfill the last wish of 14-year-old Alec Ingram, who died of osteosarcoma on Nov. 7.
In 2015, Ingram was diagnosed with a very rare bone cancer. His cancer was not discovered until a visit to his doctor for a broken arm. After four years of treatment, doctors discovered malignant tumors in his lungs.
News of his death was devastating to the car club community. The Ingram family asked for help in fulfilling Alec’s wish to have sports cars of all types and models escort his remains to the burial grounds. Hendry followed Ingram’s story for months and felt compelled to help. Nov. 17, Ingram’s wish was fulfilled when a motorcade of over 3,000 cars arrived at an amusement park and escorted Ingram to his final resting place in Washington, Missouri. Hendry’s actions honored Alec Ingram, his family, the state of Missouri and the United States Army.
Keri Ann Smialek, Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation commercial sponsorship coordinator, spearheaded the efforts to finalize all the requirements for Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen and Marines to accept the outpouring of generosity from local and regional communities during Holiday Block Leave.
We appreciate Keri so much for her sincere efforts to ensure our service members celebrating the holiday without family have an unforgettable experience.
(Editor’s note: This article was submitted to the GUIDON from MSCoE.)