2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

‘It breaks my heart’: NASCAR legend fights for childhood cancer through Jeff Gordon Foundation

More than $1 million raised in this year’s Corvette for a Cure program.

By Adam Thompson – Independent Tribune

It pains NASCAR legend Jeff Gordon to hear stories of children getting treated for illnesses rather than playing sports or enjoying life.

The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation is devoted to funding research for cures and help for pediatric patients fighting cancer.

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

“When I see at child at that critical time in their life, or maybe they are about to start playing baseball or basketball or something that could change their life, it doesn’t have to be sports, to see that come to a halt because of an illness like cancer, it breaks my heart,” Gordon said.

Gordon hosted an event Friday morning at Hendrick Motorsports in Concord to celebrate the end of his annual Corvette for a Cure program.

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

Since its start in 2006, the program has raised more than $9 million for children fighting cancer.

This year, 10,000 tickets were sold at $100 apiece.

A 2019 Chevrolet Grand Sport Coupe was raffled off and won by Scott Fowler of Brooklyn, Michigan.

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

At Friday’s event, which also included support from NASCAR owner Rick Hendrick, Gordon handed over the keys to the car’s new owner.

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

More than $1 million was raised for the third year in a row.

“It’s been amazing how it has grown,” Gordon said. “I don’t remember what that first Corvette was. It was something through Chevrolet, where we talked about a car and doing something with it for charity. Chevrolet has been great supporters over the years for that. We’ve had tremendous support, and now it is hard to believe that we have raised $9 million with this.”

Gordon continues to be inspired by children who are fighting the disease.

He introduced a full room at the Team Center at Hendrick Motorsports to 2-year-old Merritt, who is waging a courageous battle with cancer.

2019 Corvette for a Cure Celebration Event

Gordon founded the childhood cancer foundation in 1999 and has helped raise millions of dollars to help find cures for pediatric cancer.

“That’s the thing, you see (Merritt) and she’s in treatment right now,” Gordon said. “Today, you wouldn’t even know it because she is a bundle of joy and smiling, but you also know that when you are around it as much as I have been, that’s not how it is every day. You really start connecting with the parents, especially as a parent now, of what that diagnosis has meant to them and how it has changed their lives. You just want to do anything you can for those kids and give them the best care possible.”

Gordon initially became invested in childhood cancer when he learned his former crew chief Ray Evernham’s son was diagnosed with leukemia.

He witnessed firsthand how cancer affected one of his good friends.

“I saw…”

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For information on how you can participate in the 2020 Corvette for a Cure program, visit www.corvetteforacure.org.

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