The partnership between the Austin Hatcher Foundation and the American Le Mans Series has been a huge success. Over 5 years, through the Series, the Foundation has served over 50,000 children and families, raised over 1.5 Million Dollars, and visited 22 hospitals across 15 states!
“The Fueling Potential:Racing to Win” program provides families affected by pediatric cancer with the emotional and educational “Fuel” to ensure that each family member reaches his or her maximum potential as cancer survivors and ultimately “Win Life’s Race.”
Together, the Series and the Foundation provide families with a needed escape from the everyday realities of pediatric cancer through a treatment concept known as diversionary therapy.
Before each race, drivers visit local children’s hospitals to provide pediatric cancer patients and their families with fun activities, including the opportunity to build and race their own pinewood derby cars. The drivers also visit the individual rooms of any children who are not presently well enough to participate in group activities. In addition to enjoying activities at the hospital, families are invited to spend a day at the track participating in many exciting racing activities.
The American Le Mans Series is also hosting two exciting fundraising events benefiting the Foundation: The American Le Mans Pro-Am Golf Tournament and a Post Petit Le Mans Motorcycle Charity Ride. Both events are held in Braselton, GA on Oct.20, 2013 following the final race of the season, Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda. Each event is not only a fitting celebratory finish to the 2013 American Le Mans Series season, but also a reflection of the Series’ commitment to pediatric cancer patients and their families. Both events are open to the public.
In 2014, the American Le Mans Series and Grand Am merged to create the TUDOR United Sportscar Series. The Austin Hatcher Foundation is continuing the relationship with the series and is now a Proud Charity of IMSA.
If you would like learn more about volunteer opportunities or the many ways in which you can support the TUDOR United Sportscar Series partnership with the Austin Hatcher Foundation, please call 423-243-3475 or email Ray Lallier at email@example.com.