Hunter Stewart, 11, a rising sixth-grader at Brawley Middle, began collecting money to donate to the scientists when he was 7, living in California, and his mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. That led he and his family to found Racing2Cure (www.Racing2Cure.org), which lets race drivers of all ages raise money for cancer research.
To date, more than $50,000 has been raised. Ellen DeGeneres had Hunter on her show, and Forbes magazine made him one of 10 role models younger than 18 (there was a Jonas brother in there, too).
Hunter, who hopes to become a NASCAR driver, races Bandolero cars and dirt motorcycles. He declares his fundraising target is $1 million by 2012. Since Hunter and his family moved to Mooresville, his mother was diagnosed a second time with breast cancer, completing chemotherapy about five months ago.
I wanted to start a foundation that helps moms so they wont have to go through breast cancer anymore, said Hunter. It doesnt matter how old you are, you just have to try to help and never give up!