Chestertown Jared Howe, 15, is racing to fight the disease cystic fibrosis (CF).
On Aug. 2, he won first place in the youth division of the 12th annual WCKM Celebrity Go-Cart Challenge at Adventure Racing in Lake George. The money raised from the event goes to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation (CFF) and five other charities.
Jared has two cousins who have CF. When he realized what his cousin Noah Gath, of Schroon Lake, was dealing with, he got involved in trying to help find a cure for the affliction.
“It’s something that’s very dear to Jared, very close to his heart,” said his mother, Nicole Howe.
According to the CFF website, CF is a disease that “affects the lungs and digestive system of about 30,000 children and adults in the United States.” The predicted median age of death for those diagnosed with CF is in the mid-30s.
This year, Jared’s second competition in the go-cart race, he raised $300, including his $25 entry fee, making him the top money raiser in his division. He won the race in his age group as well.
“It feels pretty good,” Jared said. “I want to find a cure for it so no one else will die or get hurt from it (emotionally) like we did.”
Last year, his first competition, Jared raised $200 for the event, including his $25 entry fee. Not only was he the top money raiser in the youth division, he won the race in his age group.
His mother had raced in the adult division for five years.
“I want there to be more research to find a cure for CF,” Nicole said. “There can always be more that can be done.”
Jared had watched from the sidelines until last year, when WCKM inaugurated a youth division.
The race’s title, the WCKM Celebrity Go-Cart Challenge, is a humorous misnomer, according to Dan Miner of WCKM, a radio station based in Glens Falls.
“That’s a sarcastic slam,” Miner said. “There are no real celebrities. It’s just people racing go-carts.”
Miner was impressed by Jared.
“He’s a great young man,” Miner said. “He really is.”
In addition to CFF, the money raised from the race goes to the SPCA of Upstate New York, Operation Santa Claus, the Pediatric Brain Tumour Foundation, the Ronald McDonald House, and the American Cancer Society.