Ever since I was a little boy, all I could ever think about was driving a race car. I didn’t know how to build a race car; I didn’t know how much money it would take to race. I just knew that I would do whatever it took to get on the race track. At the age of 14, I went to work bagging groceries after school to save up money toward my dream. It took two years of saving to get my first race car, and when I finally got it, I had to figure out how the heck I was going to get it ready to race. Not to mention the two years that it took to convince my mother to let me race as she was completely aware of the dangers and against the idea of her youngest child climbing into what she viewed as a death trap.
A couple of years into my racing career, I decided that I wanted something to stand for. I wanted to be Josh Timmerman, a man of character who surrounds himself with great things and is truly a positive member of the community. It was at this point when I was introduced to Families for HoPE. My Mother, a home health nurse, was taking care of little Samuel “Sammy” Harley who was born with holoprosencephaly (HPE), a rare brain malformation where the brain fails to split into its two halves. Sammy’s mom (Leslie Harley) and a group of other mothers formed Families for HoPE, a non-profit organization that seeks to provide hope to families and physicians by sharing stories of infants and children who have defied the medical statistics to turn HPE into HoPE. It was at this point where the transformation began that would make me who I am today.
Flash forward four years, and Timmerman Racing is proudly flying the Families for HoPE colors on the hood of our 2011 Chevrolet Impala SS late model race car. My self-serving boyhood dream to drive a race car has evolved in to a team mission to spread awareness of HPE and Families for HoPE, serve the community, and impact lives of all those with whom we come in contact.
We are very competitive on the race track, and we obviously want to win races. But, if we can impact the life of just one person during the rest of my racing career, that’s truly a victory worth celebrating. The combination of my faith, family and friends, and Families for HoPE have truly changed my life and given me the foundation necessary to humbly reach out and encourage others to change their lives, as well.
Until next time,