Austin Hatcher Foundation Motors Into Detroit Race Week With Fundraising Auctions, Diversionary Therapy Program


  • AHF Partnering With Ganassi Racing, Corvette Corral For At-Track Benefit Auctions
  • Track Activities Prefaced By Foundation Visit To Children’s Hospital Of Michigan


DETROIT (May 27, 2015) – It’s onto the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, with a high-profile weekend of significant charitable impact in the Motor City for the “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA).

Saturday at 10 a.m. in the Belle Isle “Fan Zone” the Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates race team will host a fundraising fan auction for the Foundation. At 2:45 the “Corvette Corral” will host another fundraising auction. At both events, fans will bid on items such as racing memorabilia, photography and souvenir car parts.

The at-track Saturday activity will follow a Thursday (1-3 p.m.) visit by the Foundation to the Children’s Hospital of Michigan, where young patients and their family members will be introduced to the Foundation’s unique approach to diversionary therapy, providing them a much-needed respite from the everyday realities of battling cancer. Part and parcel to the Foundation approach is the use of a popular racing-oriented theme – having patients and family members construct Pinewood Derby race cars to take part in a racing competition on the Foundation’s derby track.

Two of the premier drivers in IMSA’s TUDOR United Sports Car Championship – Joey Hand of Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates and Action Express Racing’s Eric Curran – will take part in the hospital visit.

“Chip Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates, Action Express Racing and Corvette Racing – what a combination we have supporting us in Detroit,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “ We couldn’t be more proud and honored to partner with such amazing teams and individuals.

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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,