LACH­LAN MOR­LEY 1965 AP6 VALIANT

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“MY NAME is Dave Lock and I am a vol­un­teer with the Make-a-wish Foun­da­tion in Ade­laide. This AP6 be­longs to a tough young guy called Lach­lan Mor­ley. He got the car in May 2014, and he and his dad worked hard to get it re­stored and back on the road in a year. A big thank you to Speedy Brakes, Car­line Fin­don and Bruno from Woodville Park Au­tos.

But in July 2015 Lach­lan was di­ag­nosed with can­cer (Ewing’s sar­coma), which was in the left side of his pelvis and had also gone around his spine and into his lungs. He started treat­ment at the Women’s & Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal in Ade­laide and for the next three months had in­tense chemo­ther­apy – three weeks on, one week off.

In Novem­ber that year he un­der­went a marathon 15-hour op­er­a­tion that in­volved putting a ti­ta­nium bracket on the left side of his hip as well as tak­ing some of his fibula bone to help strengthen the hip. The fol­low­ing month he started an­other gru­elling round of chemo.

Lach­lan was el­i­gi­ble to re­ceive a wish from Make-a-wish. We vis­ited Lach­lan and found out his car had ev­ery­thing re­stored ex­cept the in­te­rior. The front seat was so bad you were vir­tu­ally sit­ting on the floor and the rest needed some TLC. Brian from Cool Trim­ming at Blair Athol was given the task of the re-trim. Thanks also to Michael Cum­mins from MC Wind­screens & Win­dow Tint­ing for the re­moval and re­place­ment of the wind­screens to make re-trim­ming eas­ier.

A few weeks later the car was ready. When Lach­lan jumped into the driver’s seat you could not wipe the smile off his face. When it was time to leave, his dad had a hard time get­ting him to move over into the pas­sen­ger seat so they could drive it home!

After a lengthy re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion pro­gram, things are now look­ing bet­ter for Lach­lan. Doc­tors say the signs are pos­i­tive, but he will still re­quire X-rays, MRIS and blood tests to mon­i­tor his health for the next four years. But hope­fully by the time this goes to print he will be out cruis­ing in his cool car!”

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