Tornado Racers Raise Funds For Coaches Vs. Cancer

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 MARION -- Brothers Kyle and Brandon Stubblefield along with their cousin Austin Walker compete in sprint cars at the Southern Illinois Raceway. The three are Royalton natives and racing is their passion, but they compete for more than just points and wins. The three combine their love of racing with raising funds for Zeigler-Royalton high school's coaches versus cancer program. 

 "It is great racing and having fun at it but why not help someone out while you are doing it," said Kyle.

"It means a lot because you are able to help out all those who have had cancer or are fighting cancer," said Austin.

"One of the most rewarding things is seeing young people like Kyle, Brandon, and Austin who take initiative even as young as they are and they are going to be lifetime volunteers and lifetime people supporting people in need," said coaches vs. cancer coordinator Randall Risley.

They receive pledges for laps led, points, and wins. During the first season the three of them were able to raise 300 dollars. Last season, they accumulated 680 dollars and this season, their goal is to raise over one thousand dollars. 

"We try to race as much as we can wherever we can to try and help raise as much money as possible," said Kyle.

"It makes you feel good knowing when you can help raise money and seeing the total at the end and knowing that all of us have contributed to it. It feels nice to know that you have helped," said Brandon.

Due to the effort of these three racers and many others in the ZR community, the high school has led the entire state in funds raised the past four years. And these three Tornado racers, don't plan on slowing down anytime soon.

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