OREGON (WKOW)--A young race car driver from Stoughton has had his fair share of obstacles, but he’s not letting that stand in his way. Jordan Wendt is spreading his love of racing and going above and beyond to help his community.
Even as a kid, 18-year-old Jordan Wendt has always had a need for speed. He says he’s been racing since he was 6 years old.
Racing, however, has had to share a spot in Jordan’s heart. His other love, community service, holds a permanent place.
Just this year, Jordan was awarded the Volunteer of the Year award at Beloit Head Start.
"Jordan went to his high school and asked for books they were going to give away and he decided to take them down there to Beloit,” Bill Wendt, Jordan’s dad said. “We give each kid a book every year."
After all Jordan’s giving, it turns out he needs a gift of his own.
"He was born with Grade 5 Reflux. That's a kidney disease he's had since birth," Bill Wendt said.
Jordan has been on a transplant list for the past two year. In 2012, The Make-A-Wish Foundation offered Jordan every racer's dream, a trip to the Daytona 500, but Jordan had other plans.
"I said no, I want to do something to give back to the people," Jordan said.
So Jordan invested the money from the Make-A-Wish Foundation in a lawn care company to help the elderly who are unable to mow their lawns.
After 40 surgeries, it’s no question. Jordan has definitely had the race of his life. But for now, he’s putting his kidney problems in the rear view mirror. As an inspiration to others, Jordan is racing full speed ahead.
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