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Phoenix-based printer company Mutoh says it was proud to have done some printing work for and be able to sponsor Josh Williams, a race car driver on the ARCA Racing Series presented by Menards, which just completed its 2015 season.
The ARCA circuit is an American stock car series that is the premier division of the Automobile Racing Club of America.
Williams is a 22-year-old native of Port Charlotte, Florida, who has taken up the cause of young Anya Cale, a little girl who was diagnosed with leukemia in November of 2014. Along with displaying the Mutoh name and that of his team’s other sponsors, including WrapNation, Williams’ car also displays pink ribbons surrounding the phrase “Team Anya Cale” above the hashtagged “#BeatLeukemia.”
This season, which ended in mid-October, Williams finished in a career-high third place in the ARCA national championship standings, despite, as noted on the ARCA website, his having “a relatively small team made up of mostly volunteers and a small budget compared to many.”
A rising star in the racing world, Williams told a reporter earlier this year that meeting Anya has had a profound effect on his life, and the two have become very close.
“She is such an amazing little girl and has such a great attitude,” Williams said. “And, the most beautiful smile. That’s my goal, is just to see her smile.”
In between his travels around the racing circuit, Williams has a “Pay It Forward” initiative, where he makes it a point to visit hospitals around the country as his schedule allows. One such visit was in early October to the Jeff Gordon Children’s Hospital in Concord, North Carolina.
“I made a promise to Anya Cale, a young girl I met battling cancer, that I would visit as many kids as I could and spread the message of warmth and love,” Williams said after visiting that hospital. “You’re undeniably at a loss for words when you see the smiles on their face. It makes me 10 times proud of being able to do what I get to do.”
While on those visits, Williams’ team members took handprints of some of the patients he visited with, and those prints were then incorporated into the wrap that he has on his No. 6 race car.
If you’re interested in reading more about this remarkable young lady – and the up-and-coming career of Josh Williams – you can follow then on Twitter at #teamanyacale and @josh6williams, or at www.facebook.com/anyacale.