The 13-year-old Ocoee Middle School student whose mother, Cendy Ferrer, passed away in February from breast cancer, won the go-cart on Nov. 1, the very date his mother was born.
“It was ironic that he won it on his mother’s birthday,” said Carl Ferrer, Aaron’s father. “That was awesome. It was a bit overwhelming for him.”
“It was very exciting,” Aaron admits. “When they told me I had won I grabbed my stepmom and starting hugging her and shouting! I was so happy!”
The go-cart was called the “Bear Buggy” and Aaron said he could not be happier with it.
“I asked Dad for a go-cart for Christmas and ended up getting one in November,” Aaron said with a smile.
The all-terrain, used go-cart was purchased by local parents Jamie Clark, John Franklin and Tony Kellar to help raise funds for the Bradley Central High School football team, the Bradley Central Bears.
It was painted black and gold — the team’s colors — and designed with a front tag emblem of a bear.
“We raised about $1,200 for the team,” said Clark, 44. “To us it’s all about the kids. We felt it would be nice to get this to a kid who couldn’t afford one for Christmas. It turned out to be Aaron and we couldn’t have been happier.”
Father and son said they look at winning the go-cart on Aaron’s mother’s birthday like a gift from her and something to be cherished.
Aaron, who is living with his father and stepmother, admitted winning the go-cart on that particular day was a bit overwhelming when he realized it later on and said he is thankful for his present.
“We believe time is a healer and that the good Lord will take care of us,” Carl said. In the meantime, Aaron will be riding his 8-week-old go-cart around the community.
“This is pretty awesome,” Carl said. “It’s going to be hard to top this.”