Kind-hearted Ferrari owners make terminally ill boy's wish come true

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Toby Penrose with mum Emily. A young boy dying from a rare disease fulfilled his dream of riding in a Ferrari - when NINE kind-hearted owners turned up with their supercars. See SWNS story SWFERRARI: Terminally-ill Toby Penrose, 11, told his mum Emily he wanted to sit in the sports car for his 11th birthday. His family put out an appeal on Facebook and were stunned when nine strangers responded to make his dreams a reality. A fleet of Ferraris arrived for his party to the delight to Toby who suffers from the rare degenerative brain disease Adrenoleukodystrophy. The Italian supercars lined up outside the Esplanade Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall on Sunday. Delighted Toby made his way down the red carpet in his wheelchair where he was shown their huge engines.

A youngster with a rare degenerative disease had his dream of sitting in a Ferrari come true nine times over after his family put out an appeal online.

When Toby Penrose, who suffers from the degenerative brain disease Adrenoleukodystrophy, told his mum, Emily that he wanted a Ferrari for his 11th birthday, there was little she could do.

"All young boys would like to have a Ferrari for their birthday, I'm sure," she commented. "But obviously we weren't going to get him a Ferrari. I told him, 'you're not old enough."

When Toby decided that he would just like to sit in one of the powerful supercars, rather than own it, Emily appealed on Facebook for an owner of one of the luxurious supercars to come forward and make his dream come true, setting up a birthday party event on the social media site.

However after the event was shared numerous times, nine Ferrari owners responded with offers for the birthday boy to sit in their car.

And true to their word, the kind-hearted strangers lined up their supercars outside the Esplanade Hotel in Newquay, Cornwall on Sunday.

Toby was then wheeled down a red carpet and given a tour of the cars, sitting in each and revving their accelerators and sounding the horns.

Commenting on the party, Emily said: "He just sat in the red one with the biggest smile on his face I've ever seen.

The support from all of these people - who most of them we've never met - is absolutely amazing."

Following his diagnosis with the disease last March, Emily took on the roll of Toby's full-time carer at their home in Truro, Cornwall.

She added: "We've been trying to make lots of memories for him and us as a family. This event really made his birthday. It means a lot to him and a lot to us."