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Local racing podcast hosts benefit for racer Nolan’s silent auction benefit helps teen with rare disease

October 21, 2018
Amy H. Peterson - Staff Writer ( , Estherville News

By Amy H. Peterson

Staff Writer

Local racing enthusiast Josh Nolan hosts a Facebook Live broadcast about racing, The Josh Nolan Full Throttle Racing Show.

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One family within the greater motorsports family Nolan connects with through his show is the Sheffield family with 14-year-old racer Connor Sheffield.

Connor lives with a non-curable disease called intestinal dysmotility. The rare illness causes Connor to miss a lot more races than he'd like with tests, treatments, hospitalizations and surgeries to try to correct the problem.

The Sheffields say they have the medical costs covered. The issue is something Connor has noticed on their trips out of state for testing.

The Sheffields, who live in the Baltimore area, travel as far as Ohio for testing prior to procedures and surgery.

Connor wondered, "What about families who can't afford to travel?"

Connor's wish is to raise money for an intestinal motility center at Johns Hopkins Hospital so that patients with the illness can have tests done locally instead of traveling hundreds of miles.

The benefit happened Saturday, Oct. 13 at The Softail Saloon in Superior. The auction raised $739 for the cause. For those who were unable to attend the auction but would like to donate, Nolan said he is able to forward additional donations to the family for the new motility center.



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