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Monster trucks make a 7-year-old boy smile!


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WEST JORDAN -- A 7-year old boy got a big surprise Friday, right in front of his house.

Daniel Allen loves monster trucks and with help from the Angel's Hands Foundation of Utah, along with Rocky Mountain Raceway, two huge monster trucks rumbled to a stop right in front of his house.

Daniel has battled an aggressive form of cancer for the past two years, and his condition is getting worse. So Angel's Hands and the RMR arranged to give Daniel an up close look at two huge trucks.


It's honestly probably the last event that Daniel will have the opportunity to do, because his condition is progressing rapidly at this point.

–Lani Allen


It was an event that brought out the entire neighborhood.

"It's honestly probably the last event that Daniel will have the opportunity to do, because his condition is progressing rapidly at this point," said Lani Allen, Daniel's step mother.

With the help of friends and neighbors, the Allen's have tried to make sure Daniel's remaining time is full of fun, and will produce lasting memories. Daniel's father, David Allen, said, "These types of events for our family and our neighbors helps give them closure, where they feel like they can have some good memories and just see how generous people can be."

A big cheer went up when the big trucks "Summit Bigfoot" and "Maverik Monster Trakker" pulled up in front of Daniel, who seemed to take it all in stride. Monster truck drivers Ron Duncombe and Dan Runte brought Daniel a bunch of gifts, including a jacket, models of their trucks and a hat.

The Angel's Hands Foundation of Utah worked with Rocky Mountain Raceway to make the event happen. Founded in 2001, the Angel's Hands Foundation assists families that are dealing with rare diseases by providing financial assistance and medical equipment.


I think Daniel really enjoyed himself. And it's really a great memory for our family and neighbors and everybody.

–David Allen


Duncombe said he enjoys events like Friday's, making children and adults smile. "It's a great thing for us to do. And when they approach us with these things, we're more than happy to do it. We go out of our way to make time because it is a special time for a family that's in desperate need of a good time."

And for everyone in the neighborhood, they indeed had a good time. It's not every day that a few tons of steel and rubber come rumbling down the street.

"I think Daniel really enjoyed himself," David Allen said. "And it's really a great memory for our family and neighbors and everybody."

Duncombe and Runte will be racing their monster trucks this weekend at Rocky Mountain Raceway.

Email: kmccord@ksl.com

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