Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Dale Earnhardt Jr. helps make dream come true for 12-year-old heart transplant recipient

WBTV 3 | Molly Grantham

A dream came true Tuesday at Charlotte Motor Speedway for a 12-year-old in Lenoir, who recently had a life-saving heart transplant.

Will White became one of our #MollysKids this past June when I wrote about him on Facebook.

In that post, from his hospital bed, Will said he was Dale Earnhardt Junior's biggest fan. A local charity called Dream On 3 saw the article on Facebook and started, quietly, making some calls. They grant sports-related wishes for sick children in the Charlotte-area.

Meantime, Will got his transplant. Two months ago to the day.

So far, so good.

And today... four months after seeing that post Dream On 3 created an elaborate dream with the help of Dale Junior, Junior Motorsports and CMS, to give Will's new heart quite the test run.

“We talked with doctors first,” said Brandon Lindsey, with Dream On 3. “We made sure it would be okay for Will to be out here taking laps at high speeds around the Speedway. They gave approval, so here we are.”

When Will arrived at CMS, he didn’t know why. And though Will was excited, he was also quiet.

He got emotional when asked why. Continue reading

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