Valley teen Chase Harris restores car for friend dying of cancer

PHOENIX - When 16-year-old Chase Harris learned his classmate Danielle had terminal brain cancer, he wanted to do something to help.

He decided to honor her the best way he knew how and restored a 1967 Camaro for her.

Chase says he didn't know Danielle very well but wanted to help in some way.

"Even though Danielle was not a car person, she was very excited about the idea," said Chase.

Chase told Danielle he could restore the car and then sell it at an auction to help raise money for her cause.

Keeping Danielle in mind, Chase restored the Camaro. He painted it blue, her favorite color.

However, Danielle died in January 2013, 10 months after she was diagnosed with brain cancer and never got to see the Camaro.

"I want more than ever to make a significant contribution to this research on behalf of Danielle," Chase said.

Soon, Chase started Classics for Causes, a non-profit organization that restores cars and helps support cancer research.

The Camaro will be auctioned off Tuesday at the Barrett-Jackson car auction, with all proceeds benefiting Phoenix Children's Hospital in Danielle's honor.

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