Tempe students work on van to grant terminally ill woman’s wish

Most years, Larry Huff teaches students in his high-school auto-mechanic class about engines, alternators and transmissions.

This spring, Huff said his Corona High School students got a “lesson in humanity.”

A couple of months ago, Huff’s phone rang. It was a call that he said has changed his students and his outlook on life.

The Dream Foundation, which grants wishes for people facing life-threatening illnesses, got wind of Huff’s high-school auto class and thought, if the Tempe teacher was willing, his class might be the key to making an Apache Junction woman’s dream come true.

Huff said his first thought — before the foundation explained 62-year-old Vickie Hull’s dream — was: What could a retired military man turned high-school auto teacher possess that would help grant a stranger’s wish?

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