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News   July 3, 2002   by Auto Service World

CASCAR Event Raises Money and Awareness for Spinal Cord Injury Research


More than $15,000 was raised for the Rick Hansen Man In Motion Foundation at the CASCAR Canada Day Shoot Out in Cayuga this past weekend.
Turner Motorsports, which has aligned itself with the organization seeking a cure for spinal cord injuries–driver/owner Al Turners son James was stricken with a tumor which left him in a wheelchair over a long recover–reports that, in addition to the moneys raised, awareness of the foundation was also addressed.
Nearly 20,000 race fans listened as the Cayuga Announcer began to talk about Rick Hansen and his journey.
In addition, the NASCAR drivers in attendance participated in the Auto Parts Plus/Auto Plus Charity Race Shoot Out, racing for a $5,000 purse donated by Uni-Select, which was then donated to the Rick Hansen foundation.
"James Turner and his Dad, Al then came into the Winners Circle," says team spokesperson Linda Jones. "Al talked about the Rick Hansen Foundation and the our fund raising efforts. He then conveyed to the fans the circumstances surrounding the discovery of a tumor on James’ spinal cord and the fact that his standing there beside him was truly a miracle. It was a very emotional moment and many fans were quite moved by his story."


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