Ontario boy, 8, needs help getting to soap box race championship in Ohio
WATCH: Jamison Spence, 8, wants to win another championship title with the Super Kids Soap Box derby series. It’s a race that will see more than 100 special needs children participate. Carey Marsden reports.
TORONTO – Jamison Spence has his own collection of remote control race cars, but he loves being behind the wheel of a real car.
“I like speed and burning rubber,” he said.
The Lakefield boy’s dream is to become a NASCAR race car driver and the eight-year-old is getting a good head start in the soap box derby circuit.
He has the opportunity to represent Lakefield and Canada at the National Super Kids Classic Championship in Akron, Ohio in July 2015.
“It’s his dream goal that he wants to keep doing it,” said Jamison’s mother, Bobbi-Jo Spence.
The Special Kids racing series is designed for children with special needs. Jamison, who has Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), participated in his first race last September at the NASCAR Canadian Tire Open Invitational Super Kids Race where he won.
“You’re at the top of a hill and you zoom down the hill. Awesome,” said Jamison.
The accommodations and registration are covered for the July 23-25 trip. Now his family has launched a crowdfunding campaign to cover other expenses including travel documents and medical coverage. The family has never left Ontario and Spence is a single mother of two who is determined to get her son to Akron.
“It’s always been my dream to be a demolition derby driver and I’m a 27 year old single parent. He is only eight years old,” said Spence. “He’s already into it and I have never been. It amazes me!”
Jamison will be at the Lakefield Flea Market most of the summer to fundraise for his trip too. If he can raise enough money, he wants to build his very own soap box.
“It will be blue and green with fire flames near the back wheel.”
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