HOLLAND, Mich. (WZZM) - Jeff Elhart is the rare person who feels having colon cancer was "good fortune." Elhart reflected on his medical challenge in the midst of Wednesday's celebration of his family business marking 50 years.
Five years ago, Elhart received a letter from Chrysler that was, in effect, a death notice. Chrysler said that due to "the unprecedented decline" in the auto industry, it was forced to terminate Elhart as a Dodge and Jeep dealer. General Motors, meantime, eliminated its Pontiac brand, so in just a few months Elhart lost half its franchise offerings.
Surrounded by hundreds of customers, friends, and family, Jeff Elhart said receiving the news in 2009 was made easier by the challenge he faced four months earlier - a diagnosis of colon cancer.