Jeff Gordon Foundation donates $2 million for pediatric cancer research

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A longtime advocate for children’s issues, retired NASCAR Cup driver and current Fox Sports NASCAR analyst Jeff Gordon has broken out his wallet in a big way.

Gordon announced Monday that his children’s foundation in Charlotte has established a $2 million endowed chair for pediatric cancer research at Levine Children’s Hospital, part of Carolinas HealthCare System, according to The Charlotte Observer.

The donation creates the Jeff Gordon Children’s Foundation Endowed Chair in Cancer and Blood Disorders.

“Gifts like these are remarkable and help our pediatric cancer program thrive as one of the best in the country,” said Gene Woods, president and CEO of Carolinas HealthCare System, according to the Observer. “Every child deserves to live a carefree life, and our world-class pediatric oncology and hematology research is essential to making this a reality for more and more of our patients.”

Gordon said cancer remains the leading cause of death in children in the U.S.

“Better cures for children with cancer will only come through research,” Gordon said, according to The Observer. “I’ve never faced anything on the race track as tough as childhood cancer. I won’t stop until we beat it.”