Corvette Racing fans and the motorsports community have banded together to raise over $18,000 to fund a beloved team member’s cancer treatment.
David James, who has been an integral part of Corvette Racing for more than twenty years, was recently diagnosed with cancer and is currently undergoing intensive radiation therapy. DJ, as he’s known in the Corvette Racing garage, is still working full-time with the team, but is facing rapidly mounting medical bills as his critically important treatment continues.
To help fund his treatment, longtime Corvette Racing photographer Richard Prince organized an online fundraiser through GiveSendGo, encouraging Corvette Racing fans and members of the motorsports community to donate what they can and help DJ and his wife Denise pay for his medical costs. The campaign quickly surpassed the $17,527 goal, reaching $18,727 before DJ instructed Prince to shut the fundraiser down so fans don’t give him any more than he needs at this time.
“Good morning my friends. I just want to thank you for what you have done for me. I just looked at the funding. I think it’s time to end it as there is enough there for what I need,” DJ said in a message to the community, which was provided to Prince. “I don’t want to take away from someone else who might need something. I feel like if it comes to needing more it would be better to ask again. I can’t express myself to how much you moved me.”
DJ is an important part of the Corvette Racing squad. He helps to assemble the team’s race cars, wrenches on them in the paddock and also works as a pit crew member. Additionally, DJ is usually behind the wheel of one of Corvette Racing’s large haulers, piloting the truck each of its races in North America. He’s also the one that carried on the team’s tradition of blowing a loud train horn at Le Mans, which he uses to kick off the lunch hour on practice and test days.
Prince said his friend gives back to the Corvette community in a big way and is part of why the team has such a dedicated, loyal fanbase.