Ty Seabourn isn't your average student at Dublin Elementary School. He may not look it, but Seabourn's a race car designer. And now, he is one of the top 10 finalists in the Our Everyday Heroes Race Car Design Contest, according to Rob Beaird with Ford Motor Company.
The annual event is one of the ways Ford raises awareness and funds for type 1 diabetes. In its sixth year, the event has raised just under $50,000 this year and over $250,000 to date.
Each finalist has their design displayed on the website so everyone can vote for their favorite and donate to the cause. Votes for the finalists will be taken through noon on Tuesday, May 28, (eastern time). The finalists will also be required to appear before a panel of judges that includes executives from Ford and the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (known as JDRF) and the race car driver himself. The winning design will be painted onto the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang funny car driven by Bob Tasca III for the rest of the season.
Seabourn's design is also on display in the lobby at TexStar Ford in Stephenville. The nine-year-old has raised $3,368 as of Thursday for research and the number continues to grow. This is something important to Seabourn as he also battles type 1 diabetes.
"This is a really big deal and we are really excited to be a part of it with Ty," said Sherri Montgomery with TexStar Ford. "He seems really excited about being a part of this and raising money for something so important. And who wouldn't love to see their design on a race car?"
For additional information, to make a donation or vote for Seabourn's design, visit www.fordracecar.jdrf.org.