NASCAR teams attend funeral for 5-year-old NC cancer victim

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HICKORY, N.C. — More than 100 members of the NASCAR community came together to celebrate the life of a 5-year-old fan who passed away on Nov. 1.

Jake Leatherman, of Hickory, North Carolina, was a lifelong NASCAR fan whose passion for the sport grew after he was diagnosed with juvenile myelomonocytic leukemia when he was three, Fox Sports reports.

On Nov. 9, the community got together to celebrate him after his mother Crystal sent a media request asking if anyone in the sport could attend his funeral in uniform.

To her surprise, a large turnout of NASCAR teams came out to show their support. Even the team owned by his favorite driver, Richard Petty Motorsports.

“We all came together and were all there for him but we didn’t get to meet him and give him his race suit and how cool he would have thought that was,” Joey Logano told NASCAR. “To see all his heroes and pit crew members there that day would have been very special.”