12/31/2012 11:50 am ET Updated Dec 31, 2012

Shane Weeks, Teen Cancer Patient, Races With Custom Car (VIDEO)

Shane Weeks, a racing enthusiast, has been watching the Tulsa Shootout car races from the stands every year for most of his life. When the 19-year-old was diagnosed with cancer, his friends Alex and Evan decided it was time to give Shane a real shot at participating in the race he loved so much. So, they built him his own custom car.

According to NewsOn6.com, car parts and donations came from across the country, and they surprised their friend with the gift -- which was worth $30,000 -- at Thanksgiving. On Sunday night, Shane debuted his car at the Tulsa shootout.

"My heart was pounding," Shane said. "I couldn't breathe."

Watch the video above for the full story and click over to NewsOn6.com to see how Shane placed.

Another inspiring teen made his dreams come true last month when he joined his favorite football team for their final homegame of the season. Seventeen-year-old Will Fahey, whose cerebral palsy often makes it difficult to walk, was invited by the team's coaches to take the first snap of the game as a player. It was their way of saying "thank you" for his dedication as a fan over the past 6 years.

"[Football] is my passion," Will told CBS News. "My dad did it in high school."
Watch Will's amazing football moment here.

And earlier this month, an 11-year-old basketball prodigy from Florida made waves in his community by accepting a starting spot on the high school varsity team.

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