When Feld Motor Sports® and the Autotrader/Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX race team teamed up with Make-A-Wish to give 5-year-old supercross fan Austin Coleman his wish of riding his dirt bike with a professional racer, it was Monster Energy AMA Supercross, an FIM World Championship, racer Justin Barcia that over delivered. Click the video below to check out the day’s activities.
Austin, diagnosed with Cystic Fibrosis, loves riding dirt bikes. He began riding at age three, and even has a track in his backyard. When asked what he wanted for his wish, he had only one thing in mind, to ride with a professional rider.
Austin spent the day with Barcia, receiving a tour of the Joe Gibbs Racing Sprint Cup and supercross shops before heading out to the private JGRMX supercross test facility where he had a chance to ride with Barcia. In addition to having a day with the team, the Autotrader/Toyota/Yamaha/JGRMX team in conjunction with FLY Racing and Factory Effex outfitted Austin in custom riding gear and team graphics to round out the once-in-a-lifetime experience.
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Make-A-Wish grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. According to a 2011 U.S. study of wish impact, most health professionals surveyed believe a wish-come-true has positive impacts on the health of children. Kids say wishes give them renewed strength to fight their illness, and their parents say these experiences help strengthen the entire family. Headquartered in Phoenix, Make-A-Wish is one of the world’s leading children’s charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 27,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 37 minutes. It has granted more than 254,000 wishes since its inception in 1980; more than 14,200 in 2014 alone. Visit Make-A-Wish at wish.org to learn more.