HOLLISTER, Mo -- It's orange. It's fast. It's famous for outrunning the police. For the Duke boys of Hazzard County it was their pride and joy. For one family in Hollister, the General Lee is more than just a car.
"He started watching the show when he was about 5 years old," said Priscilla Kissee.
Nobody loves the Dukes of Hazzard more than Nathan Kissee. He's got it all--from action figures to lunchboxes. His bedspread has the Dukes of Hazzard one it. His piano even whistles Dixie.
Wouldn't you know it, his car does too. Nathan's General Lee is more than just a car. It represents so much more.
"[The surgeon] said when they lose their will to live, we lose them. You've got to think of something that will give him the will to live," said Priscilla.
It's been a long, painful road for Nathan and his family since his birth. "When Nathan was eight weeks he was given an overdose at a hospital. He was given enough to kill an adult," Priscilla said. "He died. He went into cardiac arrest and died."
It doesn't end there.
"From 5 weeks old to age 4, he had 7 brain surgeries," said Priscilla.
It still doesn't end there.
"From twelve and a half to fourteen, he had 18 more brain surgeries. He's had a total of 25," said Priscilla.
Nathan needed a beacon of hope. He needed something to live for. It's probably not said often, but The Dukes of Hazzard and the General Lee, became his beacon.
"The only thing I can think of is that car and John Schneider. He wanted to meet Bo Duke so bad," Nathan's mother said.
With the help of Branson star Paul Harris it became a reality. Harris flew Nathan and his family to California to meet one of the Good Ol' Boys.
They weren't running from Roscoe or Boss Hog, but Nathan did get to cruise around California with Bo Duke himself--in John Schneider's very own General Lee.
"He took me on a road where they filmed the Dukes of Hazzard," said Nathan.
"John gave him his sun visors and autographed them to Nathan. That way you can have something of mine in your car," Priscilla said.
There is more to the story when it comes to the car that calls Hollister, Missouri home.
Nathan's mom Priscilla, who has endured the loss of a not only a husband but another child, says she turned to God to find the strength to grant Nathan's wish.
"I go buy the car, carry it off in pieces and started a guy working on the motor," Priscilla said.
Nathan's story started spreading and help started pouring in to get the car finished.
"The guy who made the original caps for the wheels for the show, I got a hold of him. He just gave them to us," said Priscilla.
Finally, it was done. Or so they thought.
Nathan's General Lee is nearly impeccable on the outside. The numbers on the side of the car were given to him by Bo Duke. It's underneath the hood where the real problems lie.
"It breaks down on us all the time," said Priscilla, "the starter, the alternator, the rear end."
Now, the Hazzard County Calvary is coming to the rescue.
The stunt driver from the original show is getting a group of mechanics together. They are traveling to Hollister to make Nathan's car complete.
"All of the guys own 69 chargers. They all have garages with tons of good parts," said Priscilla.
When his car is truly finished, Nathan has one more request.
"I wanted to take my car to California and drive my car on the road. That's what my dream is. My mom says that will never happen. I know it will," Nathan said.
The mechanics are planning to travel to the Ozarks in November. There is a catch. Because of medical bills and the money they've put into the car already, the family is having a hard time coming up with the money to fly in the mechanics to work on the car. The family has set up a donation fund at Liberty Bank under Nathan's name.
You can call Priscilla Kissee at (417) 598-0283