Each year Jeff donates his personal Corvette to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation. The Corvette program has raised nearly $7 million for pediatric cancer research, and helped open the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital and the Butaro Cancer Center of Excellence.
While in Michigan for the June 2005 Batman Begins 400, Jeff met Jonathan, an inspiring 10-year-old who was battling childhood cancer. Jonathan was diagnosed with leukemia, a cancer of the white blood cells, when he was 8 years old. He was on his second year of treatment when he met Jeff. On that day, the race theme was Batman — celebrating a fictional character commonly referred to as a superhero. Jonathan’s superhero, though, wore a fire suit instead of a cape and drove a Chevy painted with the number 24 instead of the Batmobile.
Sitting at a small picnic table behind Jeff’s RV, the two would share an experience that Jonathan describes as “one of the best moments of [his] childhood.” Though the humid June day was overcast, Jonathan’s smile brightened one very important photo of he and his hero.
Thirteen years after their initial meeting Jonathan and Jeff shared a smile again. In March 2018 at Auto Club Speedway in California, Jonathan showed Jeff a photo that he is still proud of today — the photo taken the day he met Jeff for the very first time. When Jeff learned that Jonathan is cancer free, he wrote “wishes do come true” across the special photo. Jonathan’s wish to tell Jeff he won his race against cancer came true.
Jeff’s wish is that all children battling cancer will win their race. The Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation seeks to fund promising research that will help kids win their race against cancer. When you purchase a Corvette raffle ticket you’re helping children win that race. And you too could be a hero who drives a Chevy.