A caravan of trucks lifted the spirits of co-worker dealing with cancer

Updated: September 25, 2020 06:15 PM

Doug and Tim Peterson have been driving trucks together since they were teens. Now adults, the brothers work together in the street maintenance division for the city of Duluth.

But cancer and COVID have cut their connections. "I talk to him every day, but I haven't seen him since he's been in the hospital," Tim shared.

Doug has been in the hospital for 45 days, after a surgery to remove a tumor. 

Tim organized a drive-by of many of the city trucks, under the skywalk by Essentia Health St. Mary's Medical Center. "We all miss him at the street department. I wanted to show him that we love him and the guys from work wanted to show their support," Tim said. "We always support each other when something happens in our lives."

And around 12:45pm, family and friends on the sidewalk cheered as those trucks drove by. It was a surprise for Doug, who looked on from the skywalk.

Robin, Tim's wife, was by his side. She shared his reaction with us, afterwards. "He got emotional. It's been a long time for him, in the hospital. And he was very excited and happy to be able to wave at everybody," she said.

COVID has made all of this so much harder. "It's been a long haul for the families, and we are very grateful for the workers here and the doctors. As well as the support from family and our church family and friends," Robin added.

Get better soon, Doug. Those trucks aren't going to drive themselves.

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