Daryl Farler, a longtime volunteer with Amputee Blade Runners (ABR) from Franklin, Tennessee, was awarded $30,000 for his charity Thursday as one of four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s 10th annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.
Farler, a lifelong NASCAR fan, was honored by Nashville Superspeedway at a watch party at the Nashville Convention & Visitors Corporation as the winner and finalists were announced live on NASCAR.com.
Fourteen years ago, while playing with his girlfriend’s dog, Farler was scratched in his left eye which led to a physical shutdown of his body. Eventually, Farler lost sight in one of his eyes, hearing in one ear, had a partial amputation of each finger and both of his legs. After re-learning to walk, he began a career in prosthetics and began running marathons.
Amputee Blade Runners (ABR) provides free running and sports prosthetics to lower-limb amputees seeking a more active lifestyle. Farler, 40, a Franklin, Tenn., resident, is one of the founders of Amputee Blade Runners and has volunteered with the organization for 10 years.
“The kids we work with are superheroes,” Farler said. “It’s one thing for me to go my entire 25 years of life with no issue and then all of a sudden be struck down by an illness and have to regain that confidence to be able to go out and participate in sports again.
“It’s another thing for a kid from birth to miss part of their body that all of their friends have. … It’s an opportunity we can provide kids to be normal.”
Farler has not only attended many NASCAr races, but has also biked around the tri-oval at Daytona International Speedway during a triathlon and raced around the track participating with the NASCAR Racing Experience.
Charlene Greer, a nine-year volunteer with Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler (Fla.) counties, was named the winner and received a $100,000 donation to Boys & Girls Clubs of Volusia/Flagler Counties.
The other finalists were Larry Jordan representing Angel Flight Soars, Inc. and Rich Langley with the Roc Solid Foundation. Each of the three finalists, including Farler, receives a $25,000 donation to their charity and an additional $5,000 gift in honor of the award’s 10th anniversary.