Christmas Wish Comes True

By: CBS
By: CBS

A former marine who's fighting stage 4 cancer received an incredible gift this Christmas from a relative he'd never even met.

For John Fourniquet and his wife Candy in Knoxville, Tennessee -- this is a Christmas like no other.

“I'm the bald guy. The one with cancer.”

The former Marine Staff Sergeant has Stage 4 melanoma that's spread to his brain.

With medical bills piling up, he decided to raise money by raffling off his prized possession – the classic 1966 Mustang he restored 25 years ago.

John couldn't be at the drawing Thursday because of chemotherapy, but it raised close to $40,000 to help pay for his treatment.

"John's had a hard time."

A cousin by marriage, Caitlin Hensley, followed his progress on Facebook, from her home in New Jersey.

"I've never met them before, but they're still family," she said.

She bought a raffle ticket to help him out.

"But I won! I couldn't believe it, I was so shocked."

It wasn't just Caitlin's luck -- it was John's as well. Without a thought, she gave the car right back to him. She says it's the best Christmas gift she's ever given.

"I knew when I bought the ticket that I would never keep it,” said Caitlin. “It's such a sentimental thing to him. I know that he's had it in his family for a really long time. 04:23 How can you take something so sentimental away from someone who's going through... everything that they've gone through and everything that they're going through."

"The sweetest thing ever,” said Candy. “What a really nice girl."

And now they're planning a family reunion of sorts. They'll meet for the very first time.

The family said they initially had problems getting the VA to pay for John's cancer treatment, but their senator got involved and now they're hoping to get reimbursed for some of their medical expenses.


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