Local drag racer sells car to help baby with rare disease

Local drag racer sells car to help baby with rare disease »Play Video
Ron Cook races his souped-up '57 Chevy Bel-Air on Sunday at Evergreen Speedway.
MONROE, Wash. - Touched by a story he saw on KOMO News, one local man is hoping he can help a baby continue his fight to survive.

The baby, 7-month-old Casen Buswell, has an extremely rare vascular condition. He's one of 14 people in the world known to have Glomuvenous Malformations Plaque Type - a genetic condition that hardens his blood vessels, skin and muscle.

The only established treatment is in Belgium - and will require frequent trips costing many thousands of dollars.

Ron Cook is a local man who likes to drag race on Sundays at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe. He's out there with other tough guys burning rubber and revving their engines. But they've got a soft spot for a little boy they don't know.

Especially Ron.

It's baby Casen Buswell's first time experiencing this kind of thing. But it's Ron Cook's last time riding his 1957 Chevy Bel-Air on this strip.

 7-month-old Casen Buswell

Ron was touched by Casen's sad story - a happy and bright 7-month-old baby who's also dealing with pain. The rare vascular condition is creeping along his tiny body, and it could lead to heart failure unless treated.

The Buswells have travelled to Belgium to get to the only doctors experienced enough to treat Casen. Whether they move overseas or choose to travel often - it will cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.

"My mom died of lung cancer quite a few years ago. It reminded me of her and her last days - just real short and fast breaths," says Ron.

So, for his late mom Ruth - and for Casen - Ron rides his final race before selling off his classic car. Every cent he'll give to the Buswells.

"She lived a pretty long life. He ain't even started to live yet. That's why I want to see him live," says Ron.

Ron is hoping he can get at least $10,000 for his car. But he says he'll take whatever he can get, so he can help baby Casen.

Others are pitching in, too. Since Casen's story first aired, sympathetic donors have helped them raise more than $8,000. People also pitched in at Sunday's event in Monroe.


If you would like to help, you can make a donation in Casen's name at any Harborstone Credit Union. You can also donate online here »