15-year-old stock car racer to raise money for childhood cancer Friday

LUXEMBURG, Wis. (WBAY) -- She may not have her driver’s license yet, but one 15-year old stock car driver is putting the pedal to the metal to raise money for childhood cancer.

Fifteen- year-old Becca Thiry has been racing stock cars for the past two years, but she said Friday night’s race is going to be different.

“I couldn’t imagine going through cancer, just thinking about all the kids with cancer really hurts me,” said Thiry.

Thiry is raising money for an organization called ‘Families of Children with Cancer.'

“I always wanted to do something for helping others.”

But her parents didn’t think she would be helping others from behind the wheel after she crashed into a wall last year and had to be extricated from the car.

“It was tough with her accident,” said Alicia Thiry, Becca’s mom. “It was hard.”

“She got a sprained neck and concussion out of it and then bruising from the seatbelt,” said Jason Thiry, Becca’s dad. “I didn’t think she would ever get back in the car.”

To her dad's surprise, Becca did get back in the stock car. Last year she raced in honor of three fallen soldiers and this year, it’s for those impacted by cancer.

“She got the idea of kids placing ribbons on her car, signing them and at the end of the year she will pull panels off and sell them,” said Jason.

“It’s hard to see people put ribbons on the car, especially people we know or kids, it’s very hard,” said Alicia.

Thiry already has 66 cancer ribbons on her car and she is hoping to get more on Friday before she races.

Along with covering her stock car with cancer ribbons, Thiry will also be hosting a 50/50 raffle. If you would like to support Thiry, or donate to her cause, the race kicks off at 7 p.m. on Friday at the Luxemburg Speedway.