Erik Hanway is facing twenty-five rounds of chemotherapy to treat his stage four colon cancer, but his mind is on more fanciful topics. For one, his wife Anna is set to give birth to their second child later this year. And while the Make A Wish program is reserved for kids with cancer and not expecting parents with cancer, Erik has a wish of his own which makes him very much a kid at heart: he wants to “go for a spin” in the KITT super-car from Knight Rider.
Hanway is facing medical bills in the six figures, and his family and friends are holding auctions and fundraiser parties to help cover the costs. But his dream of driving KITT may require outside help. The fictional television show starring David Hasselhoff as Michael Knight went off the air a generation ago. A total of three black T-top Pontiac Trans Am cars were used in the role of KITT. Those cars come up for sale now and then, but currently appear to all be in unknown private hands.
“Erik is sunshine in Seattle,” says rock singer Sheila Swift, who has taken up the cause and has begun reaching out to her contacts in the entertainment industry in the hopes of putting Hanway behind the wheel of the Knight Rider car. “He can light up any room, even on the dreariest of days. Erik’s cancer has blindsided them in many ways and has their family into an emotional, physical, and financial tailspin. I could not think of more deserving people to support in their fight to literally save their lives.”