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Outrun your favorite CHP officers to help the underpriveleged

Racer’s Edge hosts fundraiser to raise money for abused, neglected kids in the SCV

Posted: June 24, 2009 6:44 p.m.
Updated: June 25, 2009 4:55 a.m.
 

For all the Santa Claritans who have fantasized about outrunning the cops: Today’s your chance.

Emergency first responders are putting on an indoor go-kart racing charity event to benefit disabled children who have suffered abuse and neglect.

“They’re kids that are basically in the Department of Family Services Fragile Medical Unit,” said sheriff’s Capt. Warren Asmus, chair of the 999 for Kids program. “They’ve all basically been abused one way or another, and on top of the abuse, they’ve had some pretty significant medical issues.”

The money raised from this and other fundraisers for the charity will go toward scholarships for camp and college for the kids, along with special equipment that would contribute to their quality of life, such as motorized wheel chairs or computers.

Connie Looney’s adopted daughter — Paige, a 14-year-old who suffered a stroke at age 2 and lost both of her legs above her knee — received a new computer and frequents fundraiser events, visiting with deputies, Looney said.

“They’ve just been wonderful to us,” she said. “She loves to be with the people. I just couldn’t tell you enough about them.”

Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies, California Highway Patrol officers, county firefighters and paramedics will all be at Racer’s Edge in Canyon Country today from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. For a $30 donation, racers will get two races, pizza and soda.

More information about the charity, 999 for Kids, can be found at www.999forkids.org.

 

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