Timmy Tyrrell is just 8-years old, but he's already a veteran of racing. He started racing go-karts when he was four years old, and his journey has brought him to the Arena Racing circuit at the Richmond Coliseum. While he continues to improve behind the wheel, he also has another passion that he's dedicated himself to.
Timmy, who is known as "Mini" on the race track, is raising money to help fight cancer. He got the idea as a six year old when he overheard his parents and other adults discussing a young friend who was battling a brain tumor. He made the decision to help raise money to fight the disease through racing, and in March 2011, Mini's Mission was formed.
Mini's Mission is a fundraiser that has raised more than $100,000 in less than two years. It has landed Timmy in the Washington Post and on CNN and NBC Nightly News, where he was noticed by another race car driver who is passionate about fighting cancer, Jeff Gordon. Gordon, whose Children's Foundation raises money to combat pediatric cancer, matched what Timmy had raised at that point, which was $7,000, and invited him to meet at Martinsville Speedway.
Timmy and his family jumped at the opportunity to meet Gordon, and made the five hour drive from their home in Manassas to Martinsville. Timmy got the chance to walk around the pit area with one of his favorite Nascar drivers, and was given the chance to sit in Gordon's car.
The Jeff Gordon Children's Foundation and Mini's Mission continue to support each other. Timmy's mother, Tina, says that she sees her son continuing this effort his entire life.
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