Zane's Ride Project pays-it-forward in honor of student

FAIRBANKS- It's called "Zane's Ride Project," and started as a young teen's wish before he passed away from cancer.

His mother Ellen says Zane Jacobsen was a student at Hutchison High School when he was diagnosed with a type of bone-cancer just before his freshman year.

Zane passed away in 2011 and it was then that the family got to work making his wish happen in honor of their son.

Zane's Ride Project has allowed students to restore two old 1963 Chevy Pickups in the Hutchison High School Auto Body Program

When the project is completed, one truck will be auctioned off with all proceeds going directly to the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

That foundation had significance to Zane as they granted him a wish before he passed away.

His mother said, "The idea of the project came from Zane. He didn't have specific details; he just said 'I want it to be donated to the school.' Get them involved in this and I want it to go to Make-a-Wish because he had been granted a wish several years earlier."

His family said that before Zane died, he wanted to make sure to pay-it-forward: "He wanted to pay it forward, he wanted to do something for other families who were suffering from life threatening illnesses and that is what Make-A-Wish does, and that is why he asked us to do this."

Zane's Ride Project will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday, August 16th, at Wal-Mart from 9:30am to 6pm.

Supporters will be outside selling baked goods as well as snow cones, and all proceeds will go into the restoration project.