Jeff Gordon Interviews with People Against Childhood Cancer
1. Jeff, first of all, don't take this the wrong way, but there is no way you can ever really "get" how much we in the childhood cancer community appreciate the work you do. We're honored to chat, and on behalf of the entire childhood cancer community, thank you for all you do. Now, as a NASCAR superstar who's been interviewed a million times, you'll expect the first question: "How does that make you feel"?
Thank you. I'm truly honored that people appreciate the work I'm doing through my foundation. I believe that every child should live a happy and healthy life and not be restricted by disease -- especially pediatric cancer. We're doing all we can in this fight, and thanks to all the fans and donors that have and are helping us.
2. Please tell us how you became aware of childhood cancer; who your first heroes were?
I was introduced to childhood cancer because Ray J, my former crew chief Ray Evernham's son, was diagnosed with Leukemia when he was one. I remember what Ray and his entire family had to go through and it was devastating to see. It inspired me to get involved.
3. At what point did you decide that you needed to take action and what was that action?
I think the action I took was starting my own foundation. I knew I could only do so much on my own. I needed a group of people to help me make an even bigger difference.
4. So tell us what the Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation does, and where it does it.
We fund locally, nationally and now globally. We give funding to the most promising research, we provide access to cancer treatments in a resource poor country and we provide patient support programs through our Promise Circle. We are doing some great things and I'm really proud of all that we are accomplishing, but so much more still needs to be done.
5. Please tell us more on the international work you are doing, because, to me, that aspect of the foundation is quite unique within the childhood cancer community here in the States.
It's definitely unique and something I'm honored to be a part of. We have partnered with Partners and Health and the Dana Farber Cancer Institute to bring a comprehensive cancer care program to Rwanda, Africa with the hopes that this model can be replicated in other resource poor countries. Our commitment is focused on these areas: prevention, diagnosis, chemo and radiation therapies, surgery and survivor follow-up care for children faced with cancer. We hope to make a great impact and with our partners.
6. I've seen pictures of you, Anika Sorenson, Serena Williams, Jimmie Johnson, Vince Gill, Kurt Busch, Jerrod Neiman all holding a sign, and the sign read "I'm Kicking It", tell us about the Kick-It program.
Kick-It is an amazing grassroots program that was started in 2009 by a young man named Quinn Clarke, who I had the privilege of meeting in Michigan earlier this year. Quinn wanted to find a way to raise money for childhood cancer research and, since kickball was his favorite game, he and his family decided to hold a kickball game in their neighborhood. It was organized in a week and raised over ,000. Since then, Kick-It has raised almost a million dollars. The great thing about Kick-it is that it is turn key. The website (kick-it.org/jeffgordon) provides all the materials you need to hold your own fundraising kickball game.
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