NASCAR dream to become reality for girl who saved brother’s life


CONCORD, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) — A Concord Police officer is getting results for a 12-year-old girl who saved her brother’s life by making it possible for her and her family to come to the Coca-Cola 600 this weekend.

Jenna Dumanski gave her brother, Tommy, a life-saving bone marrow transplant.

Tommy, who is now 4-years-old, was just a baby when he got really sick. He had a rare hereditary disease, Chronic Granulomatous Disease or CGD, which caused problems with his immune system. He desperately needed a bone marrow transplant.

“I was very happy that I was able to do this and save his life,” Jenna said.

Jenna’s story caught the attention of Concord Police Captain Alan Lee.

“What a hero! She didn’t have to do this,” Capt. Lee said of the transplant.

“Jenna saved my life,” Tommy said.

“I was a 10 out of 10 match,” Jenna said.

Now, Tommy is happy and healthy, thanks to his big sister who just happens to be a huge NASCAR fan.

“It’s a Kevin Harvick helmet. And it’s also signed,” Jenna said, as she showed off her NASCAR memorabilia in her room at her New Jersey home.

“If she’s that big of a fan, I just felt like she needed to come down here and she needed to see that for herself,” Capt. Lee said of Jenna’s dream to come to the Coca-Cola 600 at the Charlotte Motor Speedway.

“That’s like the NASCAR capital of the world,” Jenna said of Concord.

Capt. Lee read a story about how Jenna planned her dream trip to Concord for a school project.

She had an 11-page itinerary for her trip to the Coca-Cola 600. Capt. Lee got results for Jenna and her family.

Businesses pitched in and police officers gave money out of their own pockets to make Jenna’s NASCAR dream come true.

“I’m very grateful and thankful for it because I never thought this would happen,” Jenna said.

Jenna’s family leaves New Jersey on Wednesday to drive to Concord for the race on Memorial Day weekend.

Capt. Lee said, “We’re going to try to take Disney’s place this weekend and make this the happiest place on earth for the Dumanski family.”

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