Vin Diesel surprises 4-year-old fan who battled leukemia

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By Yosi Yahoudai
Founder and Managing Partner

Actor Vin Diesel surprised one of his biggest and most courageous fans at a Los Angeles racing event over the weekend.

Diesel, who stars as Dominic Toretto in the “Fast & Furious” film franchise, made a stop at FuelFest, a music and racing and car enthusiast event held at the Irwindale Speedway, to meet and take photos with 4-year Colton Pursglove.

Colton has been battling leukemia and was recently told he was in remission, according to event organizers.

Vin Diesel (pictured at the Fast X Experience at Telemundo Center on May 5, 2023 in Doral, Florida via Getty Images) and Colton Pursglove (pictured on Oct. 31, 2024 in a photo shared by the Pursglove family).

The 4-year-old has been a fan of Diesel and his racing films for years, and in 2023, he even dressed up as Toretto for Halloween.

“When your 4 year old watches Fast & Furious movies on repeat and thinks he looks just like Dom, you gotta dress him up as his favorite movie character,” Colton’s mom, Jordan, wrote in a Halloween post on social media.

Jordan joked that, while most 4-year-old love cartoons and toys, her son loves “real cars, loud engines, Fast & Furious, and Dom,” in no small part because they were both bald — Colton has since grown his hair out since his cancer battle.

Vin Diesel, Derrick Pursglove, Colton Pursglove and Jordan Pursglove at FuelFest at Irwindale Speedway on June 1, 2024. (FuelFest)Colton Pursglove pictured on Oct. 31, 2024 in a photo shared by the Pursglove family via Fuelfest.Colton Pursglove in the hospital receiving treatment for leukemia in this undated photo provided by the Pursglove family via Fuelfest.

Colton and his family were given the VIP treatment for the event, posing for photos with with his hero and other stars of the beloved film franchise, including actor Tyrese Gibson and Cody Walker, the brother of the late Paul Walker, who starred opposite Diesel in many of the films.

Walker and Gibson stopped by the KTLA Weekend Morning News to promote the event, which was co-founded by Cody and is inspired by his older brother’s love of racing and vast collection of cars.

In addition to organizing FuelFest, Cody is also the CEO of Reach Out WorldWide, a nonprofit organization founded by his brother in 2010 following deadly earthquakes in Haiti that devastated the small island nation. The organization brings first responders and other skilled workers to areas affected by disasters.

“I’ve been grateful to witness the tremendous support of the car community of which Paul was so involved,” Cody Walker states in his bio on the FuelFest website. “Over the past five years, I’ve hosted car shows all over the world to benefit Reach Out WorldWide … Since taking over Paul’s foundation in 2014, it has been my honor to help carry on his legacy, and it is inherent in the mission of FuelFest to continue to provide this charitable aspect.”

FuelFest organizers said the event drew in more than 15,000 fans. For more information about the event, click here.

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Yosi Yahoudai is a founder and the managing partner of J&Y. His practice is comprised primarily of cases involving automobile and motorcycle accidents, but he also represents people in premises liability lawsuits, including suits alleging dangerous conditions of public property, third-party criminal conduct, and intentional torts. He also has expertise in cases involving product defects, dog bites, elder abuse, and sexual assault. He earned his Bachelor of Arts from the University of California and is admitted to practice in all California State Courts, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. If you have any questions about this article, you can contact Yosi by clicking here.