Teen Restores Classic Car to Honor Friend with Cancer
Car will be auctioned at Barrett-Jackson to raise funds for Phoenix Children's Hospital
Phoenix, Arizona (November 25, 2013)—When Chase Harris, then a 16-year-old high school student, found out last year that a classmate, Danielle Hudson, was diagnosed with a terminal form of brain cancer, he decided to honor her the best way he knew how – by restoring a classic car with her in mind. Chase has always loved cars and started building model cars at age five, restored his first car at age 10 and built his first car at age 15.
Chase chose to use his love of cars to help his friend and others, by starting a nonprofit organization called Classics for Causes (CFC) to raise money for charities by auctioning off cars that he restores. Inspired by Danielle, the first charity that CFC is supporting is Phoenix Children's Hospital. When Chase approached her with the concept, Danielle loved it.
“I introduced her to the idea of restoring a car that I could sell at an auction to help raise money for her cause,” said Chase. “Even though Danielle was not a car person, she was very excited about the idea. The original idea was to just restore a car for her, but after some time, CFC turned into a non-profit organization that builds cars for charities around the country.”
Danielle lost her battle to brain cancer in January. But that only strengthened Chase’s resolve to honor her and help other kids, and he has spent the past year fundraising and raising awareness for his car, with the hopes that it will increase the amount of money he is able to raise for neuro-oncology research at Phoenix Children's Hospital.
“I want more than ever to make a significant contribution to this research on behalf of Danielle,” Chase said. “Doing something like this is so much more than restoring a car—it’s giving other kids in her situation hope.”
Keeping Danielle in mind, Chase restored a 1967 Camaro, painted it blue – her favorite color – and dedicated each part to her. The Camaro will be unveiled to Danielle’s family in January, shortly before being auctioned off during the Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale Auction on January 14th. It is expected to raise more than $200,000 for Phoenix Children's Hospital.
Interested parties can make bids in person, via absentee bidder, online or by phone. For more information visit http://www.barrett-jackson.com/scottsdale/bid/.
About Phoenix Children’s Hospital
Phoenix Children’s Hospital, ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals, is Arizona’s only licensed children’s hospital, providing world-class inpatient, outpatient, trauma, emergency and urgent care to children and families in Arizona and throughout the Southwest. As one of the largest children’s hospitals in the country, Phoenix Children’s provides care across more than 75 pediatric specialties. The Hospital is poised for continued growth in quality patient care, research and medical education. For more information about the Hospital, visit www.phoenixchildrens.org.