Taken from the IMCA website:
BLOOMFIELD, N.M. – Most point racing comes in pursuit of championships.
Steffan Carey will campaign for something more important this season.
The IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver from Bloomfield, N.M., and his wife Maygen are parents of two-year-old Witten. Their son was diagnosed with cerebral palsy in 2011, resulting in regular 350-mile round trips for appointments at the Carrie Tingley Hospital in Albuquerque.
Witten has a walker and goes to therapy twice a week – the prognosis is good that he’ll walk some day – and the Careys started kicking around ideas about raising awareness about cerebral palsy and helping other families in similar situations with not enough insurance or no insurance at all.
The result is Witten’s Warriors: More than 40 area businesses and individuals will make monetary contributions based on Carey’s national point total.
“We are hoping to raise $35,000 to $40,000 and present a check to the Carrie Tingley Hospital Foundation after the point season,” explained Carey, rookie of the year in the Southern Region in 2009. “Despite the economy, we couldn’t be happier with the response. It’s been awesome.”
His father Brian, a Smiley’s Racing Chassis Southern SportMod driver, and father-in-law Rex Higgins also have sponsors contributing to the cause. Witten’s Warriors T-shirts and wrist bands are being sold out of race car trailers at the track and are available through the www.wittenswarriors.com website.
Their race results, and a running total of how much they’ve raised, are posted on the same site.
Helping with the awareness side of the coin, Witten’s Warriors decals will be displayed on some 20 IMCA race cars in New Mexico and surrounding states. Elmo from Sesame Street has been adopted to help spread the word as well.
“We’ve gotten so much support from sponsors and other drivers. It’s almost hard to believe,” Carey said