Kids given modified mini-stock cars to promote mobility

MOORESVILLE, N.C. -- Seven little kids with limited mobility took modified mini stock cars home Tuesday to help them get around, proving that cars don't have to be big, fast or loud to make a difference in peoples' lives.

For some kids who have trouble walking, it means getting out of a wheelchair or stroller and into something that looks much cooler while doubling as physical support and physical therapy.

Two-year-old Mason Matthews' newest car is much more than a toy in the eyes of his parents, Josh and Lauren.

Mason was born nearly four months premature and has several special needs. A stroller is Mason's main way of getting around with someone else pushing him. The car will get him moving.

Volunteers modified the back and side to keep Mason upright. His hand will be the gas pedal.

"Just the fact that he's going to be able to make himself move and in his own awesome racecar-- it's great," said Mason's father Josh Matthews. "It's huge for him, it's huge for growth. It's great to help him understand what he needs to do to progress."

Toy State donated the cars with the help of Go Baby Go.

Tuesday's event in Mooresville is the first of four workshops helping kids like Mason across the country.

"Be able to improve the types of things they can do on a day to day basis, that's what's going to be the big takeaway today," said Andy Friess with Toy State.

"Isn't that awesome. You are going to be driving that car," Matthews said while smiling with Mason.

Mason will be able to play cars with his big brother while staying safe and getting stronger.

The kids drove their cars in the afternoon with NASCAR drivers Kasey Kahne and Alex Bowman.


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