NC boy Will White has NASCAR Dream come true!
Meet Will: Just a few months ago, Will White’s world was turned completely upside down. On May 11th, just five days after his 12th Birthday, he was diagnosed with dilated cardiomyopathy, a disease in the heart muscle. He immediately had to have a major heart surgery, followed by several weeks in the hospital. On July 30th, he became eligible for a heart transplant and was finally able to go home. Amazingly, just hours later his parents received a phone call from the hospital saying they had a heart for him! His heart transplant was successful and he is recovering well.
Will is a huge NASCAR fan, and enjoys watching the races with his PawPaw. He wants to be a race car driver when he grows up because “it would be fun, he likes going fast, and wants to travel.” His sports hero? Dale Earnhardt Jr.! Will says he looks up to Dale Jr. because of how he takes after his dad and always seems so nice.
His Dream: Will’s Dream was to go to a race, meet Dale Jr., and ride around the track in his race car! Will’s Dream Experience began this weekend at the Bank of America 500. On October 10th we surprised Will at his school where we told him he would be getting a VIP experience at Charlotte Motor Speedway! It was a fun-filled race weekend.
With the help of the Dale Jr. Foundation, we were able to make Will’s dream of riding in Dale Jr’s car around the track come true!
We brought Will and his family back to Charlotte Motor Speedway to meet Dale Jr. a few days later. When he arrived, he was greeted by WBTV’s Molly Grantham! Will was very excited for his dream to come true, but something was weighing heavy on his heart. He and his family had just learned that his little sister may have the same heart condition that he has. Will was devastated. Check out the emotional interview he had with Molly Grantham here. After the interview, Will, along with his brother and grandparents, spent some time with Dale Jr. Despite the worry he was carrying for his sister, Will had an incredible time! Next up, Dream Kid Will got to be the first kid ever to ride along with Dale Earnhardt Jr.! Dale Jr. and Dream Kid Will rode four amazing laps around Charlotte Motor Speedway together!
There are several people and organizations we would like to thank for making this Dream Experience Possible:
The Dale Jr. Foundation
The Great Wolf Lodge, Concord
Charlotte Motor Speedway
WBTV’s Molly Grantham
G-FORCE Racing Gear
Concord Wedding Center – Limo service
Cabarrus Country Sheriff’s Office
Outback Steakhouse, University
Texas Roadhouse, University
You may have heard of Will White before!
Will was recently featured as one of #MollysKids – Where WBTV’s Molly Grantham shares the inspiring stories of local children facing life threatening illnesses. Below is a facebook post Molly shared where Dale Jr. sent Will a personal video message while he was in the hospital.