Austin Hatcher Foundation and Goodguys Rod & Customs Association Bring Car Building and Racing Experience to the Patients of N.C. Children’s Hospital

RALEIGH, N.C. (April 13, 2015) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer and the Goodguys Rod & Custom Association will spend a couple hours with patients at N.C. Children’s Hospital on Thursday, April 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., as part of the Foundation’s unique and innovative Diversionary Therapy program.

This marks the beginning of a partnership between the Foundation and Goodguys, the country’s largest association catering to street rods, custom cars and show cars. The inaugural visit will have patients teamed up with staff from Goodguys and the Foundation, along with hot rod professionals and other volunteers, building and decorating the Foundation’s signature pinewood derby cars.Children will then have the opportunity to race their cars on the Foundation’s 20-foot track.

“The hot rod/car community is a huge family and bringing the Austin Hatcher Foundation into the fold is a win-win for everyone,” said Marc Meadors, president of the Goodguys Rod & Customs Association. “The hospital visit will be the first diversionary therapy for the Goodguys program, and we are excited to be a part of it.”

The Foundation’s Diversionary Therapy program offers families a much-needed respite from the everyday realities of battling pediatric cancer. The Foundation is partnering with Goodguys Rod & Customs to provide these services throughout the United States.

“Allowing children to build alongside professionals will provide a unique car building experience by allowing the professionals to share their love for cars and inspire the children,” said Foundation president Amy Jo Osborn.

North Carolina Children’s Hospital is a major referral for children with complex conditions, serving approximately 70,000 children from all 100 counties in North Carolina and beyond. The facility – which has 150 in-patient beds and several specialty areas is recognized as one of “America’s Best Children’s Hospitals” by U.S. News and World Report.

For more information please visitwww.hatcherfoundation.org and follow us on Facebook at facebook.com/austinhatcherfoundation and on Twitter @austinhatcherfo.

For more information about Goodguys Rod & Custom Assocation please visit www.good-guys.com and follow them on Twitter @goodguys

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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer’s mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child’s quality of life through essential specialized interventions beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, through its cancer care center, Hatch’s House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. For more information, visitwww.hatcherfoundation.org.