One kind gesture was all it took to make two strangers develop an unlikely friendship that has inspired millions.
Doc Notch, a lowrider owner, was at a San Diego fundraiser when he acted with kindness to a boy who was touching his car in a heartwarming interaction that has been seen over a million times.
Watch the tender moment here:
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Doc, a Vista music producer, said, “My back was turned, but I got that feeling, hey, who’s touching my car? I got up, walked around, and see this little boy touching the logos. But the way he was touching it, you could tell something was going on here.”
Doc’s lowrider is themed after the Transformers and is even named Cholotron. In last year’s Cruise for the Cause, it was a crowd favorite.
The fundraiser helps raise money for the Emilio Nares Foundation, a San Diego-based non-profit organization that works to help kids and their families battling cancer. Children in San Diego, Orange, and Imperial Counties enjoy free transportation service thanks to the foundation.
The curious boy’s parents had told him not to touch the car but Doc didn’t mind at all. After all, he realized that the boy could only experience the car through touch.
Diego, the young boy, is blind.
“And I said you know what, let’s put him in the car and hit the hydraulics!” recalled Doc.
Someone managed to take a video of the moment and shared it online, generating over 1 million views.
As for Doc, the encounter changed him forever.
“I always say the same thing, pay it forward, do the same thing for someone else,” said Doc.
Thanks to the exposure from the video, Doc’s music has gotten more notice and he wanted to thank Diego personally.
The two finally reunited this week with Doc giving Diego another ride in the Cholotron.
“Diego’s first lowrider, hitting the switches, was with Doc Notch. And that’s something no one can take from him,” said Diego’s mom, Leanna Woelfel.
Woelfel added that they go to Cruise for the Cause every year.
“Diego is a cancer survivor, that is why he’s blind, he had eye cancer. And Emilio Nares Foundation, they provided us transportation to and from all his doctor’s appointments, chemotherapy, heart doctor’s appointments, just everything,” said Woelfel.
This has only inspired Doc and his friends to lend even more support to good causes. That’s why they created Slow Motion L.I.F.E., a group that hopes to attract more lowriders to fundraiser events.