Ryder Wren, 7, of Thorndike plans to take his motocross skills to incredible heights, but needs a little help to soar.

Wren, a second-grader, has raced motocross for a few years and recently received two invitations to race at Amsoil Arenacross Nationals in Las Vegas, Nev. The races will be Friday through Sunday, May 4-6.

Wren began riding his brother's 50cc Honda, with training wheels, when he was age 3 and was riding without them by his fourth birthday. From then, there literally and figuratively has been no stopping the young racer.

Amy Brown said Wren's family "was not sure if they could get him [to Vegas] or not, but decided this is such an honor for him to be invited they had to try."

Wren's mom, Meagan Valles, reached out to Brown to ask for ideas for fundraising for her son's trip "as I do so many of them," Brown said, through her work as inside sales manager of Ducktrap River of Maine.

"I have known the family for many years and know Ryder and his parents well," Brown said. "Of course I jumped on board and we have kicked off a pretty good start to it. I suggested she make a Facebook page dedicated to this Vegas trip, that has helped spread the word well."

Also, Brown said, the family continues to work collecting cans and bottles from anyone willing to donate. The group also is doing a 50/50 raffle – drawing will be on Sunday, April 29.

Starting April 20, there has been online auction to help raise funds as well. The family also will accept monetary donations, Brown said.

"He is working hard in order to make this dream happen for himself," Brown said of the little boy, as the family seeks donations in any form — monetary, cans and bottles or people who want to purchase raffle tickets, Brown said.

For more information on how to help Wren, go to his Facebook trip page at https://www.facebook.com/Operation-help-Ryder-get-to-Arenacross-finals-in-Vegas-875978292581802/.

Also view the accompanying photos for more information on Wren and his trip. Monetary donations can be sent to: 417 Clark Rd., Unity, Maine 04988.

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