Stockcar team to make young cancer patient 'one of the pit crew'
A special stockcar surprise has given Marton boy Aaron Rowe something to look forward to after months of harrowing chemotherapy and a terminal diagnosis.
The 8-year-old, who has been fighting synovial sarcoma since October last year, had his right leg amputated before the doctors told his mother the cancer would claim his life.
Aaron's mum, Tina Jenkins, said her son was in shock after receiving the prize to be part of the Joblin Motorsport pit crew for the North Island SuperStock Championships on December 13 and 14.
He will spend four days in Eltham and Stratford for the championships where he will help the crew get ready.
"He didn't know anything about it," she said. "They came to our house and gave Aaron the envelope and he opened it and was a bit like ‘woah'."
Almost 50 young people were nominated from throughout the country, including Aaron, who wasn't even aware police officer Les Maddaford had put his name up.
"Les was our driver for the Make-a-Wish trip and Aaron touched a lot of people's hearts," Ms Jenkins said. "I haven't seen what Les wrote in his submission but whatever he put in there must have truly stuck out - we will never forget him."
Russell Joblin, of Joblin Motorsport, said the idea came from a fan who said: ‘you don't know how much pleasure you give us'.
"We never saw it like that - speedway is a selfish sport," he said. "So we came up with this idea to give something back to someone who has had a bit of a rough time like Aaron. We're looking forward to showing him the insights of what happens in the team and giving him a good time - we've even got a few surprises."
- Manawatu Standard
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