AUSTIN HATCHER FOUNDATION NAMES NEW DIRECTOR OF AUTOMOTIVE AND SPECIAL PROGRAMS

Chattanooga, TN: Beginning in April 2011, Lynda Randall, experienced automotive and motorsports professional, will be joining the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer as Director of Automotive and Special Programs.

Ms. Randall will serve as a liaison between the Foundation at the three partners of its 2011 “Fueling Potential: Racing to Win” campaign: the American Le Mans Series, the Cooper Tire IMSA Lites Series, and the Porsche GT3 Cup Challenge. The campaign will host several motorsports-related programs, including Foundation fundraisers and diversionary therapy events for pediatric cancer patients, which Randall will assist to coordinate.

Ms. Randall has 27 years of experience in the automotive and motorsports industries, with developed skills in group management, project management, and building relationships within the motorsports industry. Her professional experience includes three years as the Series Director for the Ford Racing Mustang Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park, where she created the first race series owned and operated by a race circuit. She has also served as Director of Operations both at Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Utah and at SCCA Pro Racing in Topeka, Kansas.

“Lynda has been a strong supporter of the Foundation and its mission since its inception,” says Dr. Jim Osborn, Co-Founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation, “She has a strong background in the automotive and motorsports industries and we are excited to have her on our team.”

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 intervention 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 its supporters. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org

Hatch’s House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch’s include: problem-solving skills training, individual counseling, group counseling, marital counseling, family counseling, speech/language therapy, occupational therapy, equine therapy, music therapy, art therapy, academic coaching, cognitive assessment, social skills training, cognitive skills remediation, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. Since opening its doors in September 2009, Hatch’s has provided over 500 hours of services to children with pediatric cancer and their families. Erlanger Medical Mall in Chattanooga, TN, is the site of the first Hatch’s, which serves as the model for other Hatch’s in the planning stages nationwide. For more information, visit www.hatchshouse.org