1968 Chevrolet Camaro Jared from Arizona

While Jared was serving in Iraq, he experienced significant war injuries and was sent back to the United States to recover. Doctors told him he would never walk again and would be in a hospital bed for the rest of his life. He was in and out of different hospitals over several years. Even though he was paralyzed, he slowly recovered enough to use a wheelchair.

One day Jared was out with one of his buddies when he saw a beat up Camaro for sale that sparked his interest. It needed a lot of work and care. He compared the vehicle to himself and decided to make the Camaro his new project. He started working on it alone and eventually reached out to a Camaro club for help. The club members were very helpful and Jared started spending a lot of time in the shop. It helped him to clear his mind and get out of the house during his recovery. The club members had taken the vehicle to another location to get a little work done on it, so there was a period of time that Jared didn't see the vehicle. When he asked about it everyone would tell him that it was just taking a long time to get the work completed.

One day Jared got a call that he was required to meet with a Military General. He was escorted to the airport. When he arrived, he looked over and saw about 400 people standing in the airplane hangar. As he approached, the crowd cleared and there it was, Jared's fully restored Camaro. Jared came to find out that the club members were hiding the car and working late nights to restore it for him.

At this time, Jared has made an amazing recovery and is now out of the wheelchair, walking and spending time with his prized possession - his Camaro.

Nominated by Alisha in Sales & Service

I have been working at Hagerty in Denver for about 3 months. I’m originally from Traverse City and have been living in Denver for about 6 years. In my free time I like to go up to the mountains to hike ,bike, camp, snowboard and enjoy going to concerts. I also love traveling and making trips back to Traverse City in the summer to spend time with family and go to the beach.