Since starting The Blogunteer, I have connected with several organizations and individuals that I wouldn’t have met otherwise. One of those organizations is Kids Are Heroes, an organization dedicated to promoting and inspiring young volunteers. You can read more about them in the profile we wrote in November 2010.
Today we profile Ricky Springer – one of the many heroes from the Kids Are Heroes organization.
When asked about what he would recommend for first time volunteers, Ricky mentions the same thing I have heard from seasoned volunteers, “I think you should find an organization with a cause that you are passionate about. It is so much easier to put time in and make a difference when you believe in what you are doing.” This is just what Ricky has done. He founded the Racing for a Cause campaign, a direct fundraising and awareness campaign of the American Partnership for Eosinophilic Disorders (APFED) when he was only 7 years old.
Ricky was born with an Eosinophilic Gastrointestinal Disorder called Eosinophilic Colitis. Ricky states, “For the first 21 months of my life I was seen by 14 pediatricians, 2 Allergists and 2 Gastroenterologists who were unable to diagnosis my illness. Thanks to the wonderful volunteers at APFED, my parents were able to find a doctor who could help me.”
Since that time, Ricky’s mom has volunteered for APFED. Ricky also began using his dirt track go-kart racing as a platform to educate others and raise money to support APFED. In 2009, the Racing for a Cause Campaign was founded when Ricky was only 7 years old. Ricky put the APFED logo on his kart and asked people to make donations to APFED based on my racing finishes. Ricky says, “My campaign has just continued to grow bigger and bigger since then. Since we started the Racing for a Cause campaign we have educated over 2.6 Million people about Eosinophilic Disorders. We will never know how many people we have actually helped find answers and treatment, but knowing that we are making a difference is all that matters.” Ricky has spread the word through media opportunities and a major fundraising event.
APFED is a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to patients and their families coping with Eosinophilic Disorders. APFED strives to expand education, create awareness and fund research while promoting advocacy among its members.
You can help Ricky and Racing for a Cause by spreading the word and helping them reach more people. You can learn more about Eosinophilic Disorders and APFED’s work at www.apfed.org. You can also make a donation to APFED on their website. In addition, you could become a Racing for a Cause sponsor.