Heather Bills always dreamed of owning a Volkswagon Beetle. She was suffering from Hodgkins Lymphoma and had limited range of motion.
So the Beetle was the perfect fit. Friends rallied to raise money to get Heather her dream car.
But she was only able to drive the 1998 shiny black Beetle for about a week. She suffered a stroke and had to be hospitalized.
But that week long ride, was the ride of Heather's life.
She was so happy.
Heather lost her battle with cancer Monday. She was just 29 years old.
Her family contacted us to let us know that even in sickness, Heather thought of others.
She donated part of her Social Security Disability check each month to charity.
Now her family will donate a portion of that check to two charities and use another chunk to help a person in need.
They will also honor Heather's final wish--to have her ashes spread in Maine.
A place that was close to her heart.
Heather will be remembered at a Memorial Service on Thursday October 18th, at the Palmyra First Baptist Church.
We also learned that Heather did something special with her VW Beetle when she realized she would not be able to drive it anymore.
She gave it to her niece, Corin, for her 16th birthday. She considered Corin like a little sister.
So the special car that gave Heather so much joy, rides on. Jut the way Heather wanted it.
For more information on the charities Heather's family will donate to in her memory, the links are below.