Checkered flag flies on Racing for Chelsey

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Pat Healey raises $500 on iRacing for Pictou County teen battling Lyme disease

Pat Healey

ENFIELD – The checkered flag has flown on the successful Racing for Chelsey sim-racing fundraiser by online iRacer Pat Healey.

He announced that with the assistance of two Fall River and area businesses, and a community resident, he was able to raise $500 through top finishes in two separate iRacing leagues for Chelsey Livingstone-Rector of Kenzieville.

Livingstone-Rector has Lyme disease and is heading to the U.S. shortly for more treatments. The funds raised are going towards expenses that she will incur during that trip.

The Enfield native finished in fourth place in the Maritime iRacing League (MIRL) Sportsman points standings. He also competed in the Championship Online Racing Teams (CORT) IndyCar and CUP series.

Between Healey and his sponsors the agreement was for every Top 12 finish in the IndyCar series or Top 15 finish in the MIRL or CORT CUP that he would get $10.

The breakdown for the final tally saw GO Tire HRM (Scott and Elizabeth MacRae) of Fall River donate $180; Beaver Bank-based AEROTEC Engines, owned by Jason and Joy Crowell, donate $160; and Barry Dalrymple of Wellington matched AEROTEC’s donation of $160.

“It’s just awesome that a simple idea of me doing something I like, like iRacing, could blossom into something like this,” Healey said. “I’m so thankful to have real sponsors step up when approached about this idea.”

In the past four months, the only thing Healey, 35, focused on was doing league races and none of the official series for iRacing. He is now continuing racing, with the focus on the CORT Cup series, which races every Wednesday night.

Healey said the drive for good finishes kept him out of trouble for the most part on the sim-racing track.

“It was something that was always in my mind when the green flag flew,” he said. “I was always thinking to weave myself around and keep the cars clean from any damage. If I did get damaged, I would try to continue on hoping for a good finish to help Chelsey.”

It was a coming together of Nova Scotia generosity as none of those who pitched in to assist Healey, who is a reporter at The Weekly Press and The Laker in Enfield, knew Livingstone.

“Scott and Elizabeth, Barry, and Jason and Joy don’t know Chelsey or her family, but once I told them and showed them the countless stories done on her battle, they had no qualms joining me to do what we could,” said Healey. “Complete strangers, and this just shows how generous business community and residents are to help out.

“It warms my heart to be able to help out, even if it’s only a small way.”

In just under a month there will be a fundraising auction and dance for Livingstone at the White Tail Pub and Grill in Westville, on April 26. The night begins at 7 p.m. with the band NEXT EXIT playing music from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m.

Organizations: MIRL, IndyCar, AEROTEC Engines Maritime iRacing League Beaver Bank The Weekly Press The Laker

Geographic location: ENFIELD, Fall River, Pictou County Sutherlands River U.S. Nova Scotia Westville

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