2021 moment NUMBER 2: Seekonk Speedway faithful rallies behind Rich Helger; Amy Arsenault donates kidney to save his life
NUMBER 2: Seekonk Speedway faithful rallies behind Rich Helger; Amy Arsenault donates kidney to save his life
The Seekonk Speedway family came together in a big way this year. Before 2021 took the first green flag, Seekonk track sponsor Rich Helger (Helger’s South Coast Power Equipment) came to us looking for help. His kidney was failing, and he needed some help with a transplant to make sure he was able to take his next laps into the future and capture his own trophy of life.
Someone needed to Donate Life.
In the end, the community came together like never before. It was on the local NBC 10 Providence news station, just days after on the track Facebook page, Rich poured out his story in an Open Letter we will never forget. We spent most of the summer watching Rich and his son, Richie Helger Jr., race for the championship in the Seekonk Grand Prix Bandolero division. On the final night, they celebrated together with their family and friends in championship glory.
Then, just two short months after the season ended, it happened. Rich found a kidney donor, and no one could have ever imagined who it was: Seekonk Speedway Sport Truck driver Amy Arsenault. The two went in for surgery, completed it successfully, and now are well on their way to recovery.
In this moment, we are reminded how the community is truly a family. We may argue, we may disagree, and drivers may tangle on the track. But when it mattered most — to save a life — one of our own came forward with a checkered flag.
Do you want to donate life? Want to learn more about how you can help others and save their lives with a donation? Learn more at DonateLife.net & get the information you need to make a difference: https://www.donatelife.net.
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