By Brad Wiley, Crain News Service
DETROIT (Feb. 12, 2014) — On Feb. 10, 9-year-old Eli Williams became plant manager for a day at Ford's Mustang assembly plant in Flat Rock, Mich.
Eli was diagnosed with a medulloblastoma, which is a malignant brain tumor, on Dec. 29, 2011. He went into remission but suffered an unfortunate relapse last December, according to the Detroit Free Press.
The Athens, Ala., family had just finished a road trip that runs through Cleveland, around Niagara Falls and ended up right in the heart of Mustang country.
According to the Free Press, Eli has always loved cars, and his favorite is the Mustang. We don't blame him.
Even Ford Motor Co. Executive Chairman Bill Ford carved some time out of his day to spend with Eli and his family.
Take a moment to see this wide-eyed young man peer in awe at the cars he has grown to love.
It gives you the feeling that a little bit of humanity is restored when people within Ford and members of the United Autoworkers union pull together to give such a priceless gift to a family that has endured so much.
To check out the Detroit Free Press video, click here.
This story appeared on the website of Autoweek magazine, a Detroit-based sister publication of Tire Business.
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