COLUMBUS (WCMH) — NASCAR is known for being a charitable organization; from the teams to the drivers, giving back is just what they do.
Each year someone that personifies that spirit is honored with the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
This year one of the finalists is from right here in Central Ohio.
It is a huge honor and there may be no one more deserving than Sarah Kersey.
Sarah is a third grade teacher, Flying Horse Farms volunteer, a bright light in the lives of everyone she meets and a cancer survivor.
“Sarah is the most caring and giving teacher I think I’ve ever worked with. She truly cares about the kids,” said Wyandot Elementary School Principal Renae Schwartz.
Sarah is dedicated not only to the children at school, but also the children at Flying Horse Farms
“She’s one of my favorite people to have at camp, and everyone really loves it when she’s there,” said Pete Aubry with Flying Horse Farms. ”She’s so kind with everyone she comes in contact with.”
As a 10 year cancer survivor, Sarah feels a special connection to camp.
“I needed to figure out the reason why it was happening in my life. And I figured out that the reason I had cancer was because I needed to find camp,” said Sarah. “Because of my diagnosis I’m able to have conversations and really connect with kids in a way that some people can’t.”
If Sarah wins, Flying Horse Farms will receive $100,000. The camp will receive $25,000 just for her being a finalist.
You can help by voting for Sarah daily through November 19th at https://www.nascarfoundation.org/award