Thursday, December 1, 2011
Kane Fraser Pilots UTV 1802 into Baja 1000 Internet History
The number one goal was to raise money for the Man in Motion, Rick Hansen Foundation. “I decided that in honor of his 25th anniversary and the fact that we are from the same hometown that we should support him. Our target fundraising effort for the Rick Hansen Foundation is $25,000, a thousand dollars for each year. This is a far cry from what he is doing and has done, but we want to do it.” More information and donations can be sent at www.Baja1000Fundraiser.com.
The team held multiple fundraiser events local to them in Canada, but the off-road community as a whole was unaware of this team and its goals until almost the end of race day. In the age of Internet race tracking, the team had been seen making the wrong turn, and been heard calling into Weatherman for help rerouting back to the main course. After an almost 100 mile detour, and lots of help from locals, they made it back to the racecourse. “There are obstacles in everyone’s life,” said Fraser. “Like we were just talking, how could you miss the turn, there were like 15 flags! We kinda knew there was something wrong when we were mixing it up with the Trophy Trucks and Class 1 cars. Then the challenge was how do we get back in the race. We couldn’t let our team down, we had been prepping for 11 months and just to let a little 100 miles get in the way of the finish wasn’t an option.”
As night fell for the second time for racers of the 2011 Baja 1000, ‘1802’ was still on course. They still had many miles to go, and would not make it to the finish line before it closed. As the Internet followers found out more about the 1802’s pilot and his story, the encouragement to finish got louder and louder. Bob ‘Weatherman’ Steinberger took up the cause with SCORE Ops “Once you close the course, you can’t stop them from continuing, so let it ride, there are people on the internet that would hate you for not letting them finish,” said Weatherman who followed it with, “as a Ceremonial closure, 1802 should be allowed to finish the race. He is a paraplegic here to do his bucket list and he is amazing, absolutely amazing, you don’t want to stop this guy.” SCORE Ops understood the message, “Ok, Thank you.”
Kane Fraser and his teammates never gave up. They persevered over 800 miles in 36 hours to say they “finished” the Baja 1000. At a celebration in Southern California the Monday after the race, the team was greeted by many Internet followers and was able to tell more of their stories. The 1802 team has become a welcomed group of the off-road community. Please help spread their story and support their message: 1. Raise $25,000 for the Rick Hansen Foundation www.baja1000fundraiser.com. 2. To create awareness of the abilities of people with disabilities. 3. To inspire one disabled person to really move ahead with their goals and strive to achieve their goals. “Because as long as you try and try you will succeed, you just have to keep moving forward,” said Kane Fraser.
Kane Fraser, Heino Seibert, Kevin Pigeon tell the story:
Kane Fraser Facebook Page: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Baja-1000-Fundraiser/197461750320513
Kane Fraser Website: http://www.baja1000fundraiser.com
More about Kane Fraser: Kane Fraser became a paraplegic after a spinal cord accident that rendered him to a wheelchair. He has a very supportive extended family including wife Cara and four children. As a Millright, he had to find a new profession and went back to school to be a chartered accountant. He resides in Canada and believes that he can do anything that he thinks he will enjoy or will find challenging. Kane see’s Rick Hansen as a great inspiration to never give up on his goals to achieve more.
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