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Tulsa's legendary Midnight Drags to 'Race for Ryder' as boy battles liver rejection

Posted at 4:31 PM, Jun 21, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-21 23:28:59-04

TULSA, Okla. — The Oklahoma racing community is coming together to help a little fan in a big way.

This Saturday, the legendary Midnight Drags at Tulsa Raceway Park will be geared toward helping raise money for a 5-year-old boy who is battling liver rejection.

Friends say 5-year-old Ryder was diagnosed with Progressive familial intrahepatic cholestasis type 2 when he was only months old. Pfic is a type of liver disease that continues to advance, with most of those diagnosed experiencing liver failure before adulthood.

Ryder received a liver transplant in the Spring of 2015. Earlier this month, he was admitted to a children’s hospital in Denver for extensive testing.

Despite it all, Ryder continues to live life to its fullest, and one of his greatest sources of joy is to watch the races, his family says.

The Midnights are held Saturdays at Raceway Park, 3101 N. Garnett Rd. This weekend, there will be a silent auction, a 50/50 pot and a chance to win a ridealong down the track with one of the racers, all which will benefit Ryder and his family for medical bills and travel expenses, according to organizers.

To contribute to the family’s GoFundMe page, you can click here.

You can find out more info on the Midnights by clicking here.

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