Just a few months ago, the NASCAR world learned about the battle Elijah Aschbrenner was battling. After alking down the runway during the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s “Catwalk for a Cause” to benefit pediatric cancer, the 10-year-old Epithelioid Sarcoma patient triumphantly threw his hands in the air with a huge smile.
On Wednesday morning, the NASCAR world learned about his family’s loss.
Aschbrenner’s mother, Becky Hughes, passed along the news of his death late Tuesday night.
At 10:52 p.m., my baby went to be with Jesus. Our lives will never be the same; but because of him our lives were forever changed.
— Becky Hughes (@baschbrenner) November 11, 2015
From decals on cars to his name plastered above the driver’s side door, Aschbrenner’s presence was constantly felt at the track every week. Each Team Penske driver put his name across the car while Roush Fenway Racing came out with stickers and signs to show support. Suffice to say, Aschbrenner had a lasting impact on the racing community. Perhaps the driver he had the biggest impact on was Martin Truex Jr. The Furniture Row Racing driver helped sponsor a golf tournament for Aschbrenner and made an appearance.
Unfortunately, due to his cancer spreading after chemotherapy and radiation, Aschbrenner’s lost his battle with the deadly disease on Tuesday night. The NASCAR community — from drivers to wives and girlfriends to reporters — passed along their condolences on Wednesday morning.
I’m glad I got to know him. Amazing kid, wonderful family. Thoughts and prayers to them and Elijah’s friends. https://t.co/2Q5x9Iasnl
— Dale Earnhardt Jr. (@DaleJr) November 11, 2015
— Joey Logano (@joeylogano) November 11, 2015
I’m deeply saddened to hear that we lost a beautiful boy today. All of my love, thoughts & prayers are with Elijah Aschbrenner’s family. — Amy Reimann (@Amy_Reimann) November 11, 2015