For too many families across the globe, the uncertain reality of the damage cancer will bring is a real and constant threat. When we heard about a minitrucker who was in the late rounds of his own fight against this much-hated disease, there was no doubt in our minds about sharing his story. This is Chris Gibson’s battle. -- JMJ
Chris’ love for trucks and minitruckin’ goes back to childhood. He’s owned seven Chevy S-10s, which were all static dropped. Due to work, bills, and family matters, he’s had to put his dream of having a “completed” minitruck on hold.
On April 10, 2012, Chris was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer. Doctors gave him three to six months to live at the age of 35. With the support of his family, he purchased another minitruck in hopes that his love of truck building would act as a positive form of alternative treatment. While enduring his prescribed medical treatments as well, he began fabricating a plan for his new project.
Chris is a member of the East Coast Minis, and together, his club wanted to help build his truck the way he would want it. They put together a cancer sucks cruise-in and invited other clubs and the community to come out to support pancreatic cancer awareness month and to help with Chris’ battle. At this event, they unveiled his Chevy S-10. In three weeks, the ECM crew brought a whole new meaning to the phrase, “dreams do come true”. Completing the S-10 was at the top of Chris’ bucket list, and his extended ECM family did what they could to make it happen.
Pancreatic cancer is the fourth deadliest cancer, and Chris has proven that he is an unrelenting fighter and survivor. He has remained strong, and is beating the odds. He has proven doctors wrong, and 19 months later, he is fighting battles for his life everyday and with each new day, he’s grateful and makes the most of it. Staying positive and having support constantly surrounding him has assured him that he hasn’t been alone through the last year and a half.
This build has been done in the name of support, family, persevering through tough times together. It’s humanity at its finest. Chris has survived 16 months longer than the death sentence that was given to him and inspires others to fight, take nothing for granted, and to realize that it’s never too late for dreams to come true.
Editors Note: Shortly after this story was written, we were informed that Chris lost his battle with cancer. R.I.P. & keep on Mini Truckin’.