Terminally Ill Teen Designs Truck for NASCAR Driver Angela Ruch

by Halle Ames
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NASCAR Driver Angela Ruch made a boy’s dream come true as she will be competing in one of the most important races of her career, the Ford EcoBoost 200 NASCAR Race next weekend. 


Driver Angela Ruch will be sporting a new look on her #44 race car for her November 15 race. The designer? Ruch’s nephew, Eric Erdman, a 19-year-old diagnosed with advanced brain cancer back in 2016. 

With the time Erdman has left in his terminally ill state, he dedicates what he can to help other children struggling with similar issues.

Traumatic Life Events

Being sick isn’t new for Erdman, who was born twenty-five weeks early and underwent five major operations. He had a learning disability and struggled to keep up in school. At the age of 11, Erdman was the victim of child abuse, as well as bullying. By 13-years-old, his mother, brother, and himself moved away from their tormentor. Three short years later, Erdman was diagnosed with a grade three brain tumor on his brain stem, which has progressively grown to a grade four. 

The tumor affects his motor function and left him with a 15 percent chance of survival. 

Give a Child a Voice

Make-A-Wish contacted Erdman about any dream he had. He selflessly started his own foundation, the T.E.K. Foundation to Give a Child a Voice. The goal was to simply make this world a better place for children. 

To thank the community and school that raised money for Erdman, his foundation made a 300 thousand dollar renovation to the highschool’s weight room. He went on to update the rival high school’s gym as well. 

Partnering with his Aunt, Ruch, the team is bringing awareness to the national stage. Erdman says, “I like to say, it sounds weird, but cancer, it was the best thing to ever happen to me. So many things are happening, and so many lives are being changed and touched. When I pass away, if or when from this disease, I really hope that my foundation is something that is talked about for many years to come.”