Speedway-mad Jesse Bessant, 2, had a blast watching the cars while other fans dug deep into their pockets to help get the potentially life-saving treatment he needs.
At 22 months old the Browns Bay resident was diagnosed with a rare brain stem tumour.
He is the first known case in New Zealand.
There is nothing that can be done for him here and Jesse's family needs to raise $375,000 to get him treatment in Texas.
A fundraising event was held at the Rosebank Speedway on January 29.
Jesse's mum Michelle says they raised $953 by walking around the crowds with buckets and asking for donations.
"Almost everyone donated," she says.
A local band called 71 Sunset played in the clubrooms after the racing had finished and they donated their appearance fee to the cause, she says.
Mrs Bessant says Jesse is a big speedway fan and he had a "brilliant time" watching the cars and meeting band members.
They are really grateful to Rosebank Speedway and 71 Sunset for supporting their fundraiser, she says.
The clinic in Texas specialises in treating and curing paediatric brain tumours and has told Jesse's family he will need at least two years of treatment at a cost of US$150,000 a year.
The Bessants need to raise $100,000 to get Jesse over to Texas and to start him on the first stage of his treatment.
Mrs Bessant says their goal is to get him there as soon as possible.
"So as soon as we can raise the first $100,000," she says.
They will travel there for one or two months and be trained up on administering the drugs by IV.
After that they can continue the treatment themselves back home along with regular monitoring.
Visit www.facebook.com/jessenoahbessant for more information about Jesse's condition and fundraising efforts.
You can make a donation to Jesse Noah Bessant through the ANZ account 01-0121-0211912-30.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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