Josh Woodward, a local firefighter, battled a life-threatening sepsis infection for weeks in the hospital.
He’s been through multiple surgeries, amputations, and rehab, but beat the odds and is now part of the 5 percent of people who have survived.
Saturday night at the Fonda Speedway, a pro stock car driven by Alicia Hughes was chosen as the “Woodward Strong” car. 5 percent of what she won in her race will go to the Woodward family.
She also took to the stands to sell “Woodward Strong” stickers.
“I actually made up stickers and will be selling them for $5 dollars and all of the proceeds go to them. Whatever I earn tonight also goes to them. And I’ll be taking any donations I can to help that family. It goes 100 percent to them,” said Alicia Hughes
In the parking lot across from the speedway, members of the Reformed Church in Fultonville were also raising money for the Woodward family.
“The merchandise proceeds go straight to the family, to their foundation and 25 percent is what the church is getting from this and then a portion of that is also going towards the family,” said Leeanna Young.
Josh had a skin grafting surgery Friday but is reportedly been in good spirits as he continues his road to recovery.