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Go-Kart Champ “Mini” Helps Kick It For Cancer

Posted by Carten Cordell / Friday, August 31st, 2012

7-year-old go karter races on. / Photo credit: Northern Virginia Magazine

Back in our June issue, we featured the story of a brave young Northern Virginia kid with a big heart, and even bigger dreams. Seven-year-old Timmy “Mini” Tyrrell loves to go fast and race his go-kart through his neighborhood in Manassas. But what he likes even more?

Racing for a cause.

Mini and his family spend their weekends loading up racing gear and heading to various tracks throughout the area so Mini can raise money for pediatric cancer research through NASCAR champ Jeff Gordon’s Children’s Foundation.

To date, Mini has brought in over $50,000 and has been interviewed by Brian Williams on NBC Nightly News and on CNN. 

Next weekend Mini’s Mission (the official title of his cancer efforts) will be hosting a kickball tourney in Manassas to continue the fundraising through Kick-It, a national charity movement to end childhood cancer. The tournament will kick off (pun intended) next Sunday, Sept. 9 at 9 am, when 12-plus teams will begin battling it out on the E.G. Smith Baseball Field. 

$10, 910 has been raised online so far. The coolest part? Drive Jeff Gordon is matching all money raised, dollar for dollar. Visit the kickball tourney site here to track along with Mini and his race kick for a cure.

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