Meet Ayden Gora – a tenacious 8 year old boy who loves everything about race cars! Looking at Ayden you would never know that he’s had quite a few obstacles to overcome so far in his budding life. This young man has battled acute lymphoblastic leukemia not only once … but twice.
We were thrilled when Make-a-Wish, Jason Johnson Racing, Buckwalter Trucking, and The World of Outlaws Sprint Car Series presented us with the opportunity to help create a joyous memory for Ayden and his family!
Our part in making this wish come true was to document the festivities (as we are known to do), through photography and video so that the experience could be enjoyed over and over again both in motion and stills. We were there to see Ayden become an honorary pit crew member for the JJR team. Watching the joy on his face as he changed a tire and seeing his excitement when driver David Gravel showed him how to get into the sprint car was pure glee. He even got to ride in the pace car that started off the race! However, as gratifying as filming Ayden enjoying himself was, it was almost more heartwarming to watch his parent’s beaming faces as they took it all in.
After the race ended we participated in celebrating Ayden in the winner’s circle right on the track with his Mom, Dad, and sister. Checkered flag in hand and sporting the biggest smile he could muster, our little man of the hour was showered in flashes from the lines of photographers, and whoops and hollers from the cheering crowd of spectators in the grandstands. Although there were zero trumpets present, you would have sworn they were blaring a triumphant song over this glorious moment.
Contributing to community projects is reward enough, but being a part of such an incredible memory for Ayden and his family was truly a gift for our Simone crew. Oh, and there’s even more good news to add to this whole experience.
AYDEN IS CURRENTLY IN REMISSION!!!!
Take a gander at the video below to witness all the fun for yourself.
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