A 14-year-old North Carolina cancer survivor shifted into high gear to film a commercial with NASCAR racing great Jeff Gordon.
Carmen Diaz teamed up with Gordon in the commercial that promotes a fundraiser to give away his Laguna Blue 2014 Corvette Stingray.
Diaz was diagnosed with cancer in March 2013 and underwent treatment at Levine Children’s Hospital, where Gordon first noticed her considerable charisma. Her cancer is now in remission, and her bubbly personality led to her being chosen for the promotional commercial with Gordon for a giveaway to help the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation.
“She has this vibrant spirit and great wit – two characteristics I know have been instrumental in her beating cancer,” Gordon says.
As Carmen stares dreamily at the Stingray and talks about its performance features, Gordon walks up behind her and taps her on the shoulder.
“Yours?” she asks the racer.
“Yeah, well, for now,” he replies. “But you know what the best feature is?”
“What’s that?” Carmen asks.
“It’s gonna help children fight cancer,” Gordon answers.
“Awesome!” she says with a big smile.
Childhood is a time for big dreams, Gordon goes on to say, but for many, it can be cut short if they’re fighting cancer.
“You can be the key to their success,” Gordon tells viewers. “Visit the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation website for your chance to win my very own Corvette. Let’s make their dreams of living without cancer a reality.”
Diaz was at the top of her game while shooting the commercial, said Rachelle Thompson, spokeswoman for Gordon’s organization.
“She is a very outgoing and mature young lady, and she more than delivered on every line we asked of her in the Corvette commercial. She is just an amazingly strong person, and we are so happy she’s doing well and cancer free,” said Thompson.
You can Jeff Gordon and his fight against childhood cancer by purchasing a ticket to win his personal Corvette. Tickets cost $100 each and only 7,500 tickets will be sold. Click here for more information.
Gordon’s foundation has donated more than $10 million to cancer research charities for children over the past 15 years.
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