Foundation Honors Longtime Supporters Through Two Annual Awards
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 23, 2020) – Veteran race car driver Ryan Briscoe was named the recipient of the fourth annual Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer Humanitarian Award on Thursday at Daytona International Speedway. The award, presented by Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn, honors individuals for their efforts in helping the foundation provide essential services to young cancer patients and their families.
Briscoe’s efforts throughout 2019, when he was a driver for Chip Ganassi Racing, supported the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s official status as a “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA). Those efforts included participation in the foundation’s acclaimed Diversionary Therapy program, which includes visits to children’s hospitals.
Briscoe was heavily involved with the foundation during the 2019 season-ending race, the Motul Petit Le Mans a...
Vehicle sold for $140,000 and raised an additional $30,000 in personal donations
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 22, 2020) – The renowned Leake Auction at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona came to a notable close this past weekend as a 2020 IASO Jeep Gladiator Rubicon was sold for a remarkable $140,000. Following the auction, an additional $30,000 was raised through personal donations from the Mauzy family and Gary and Muffy Bennett. The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer worked with childhood cancer patients and their families to assemble and modify this vehicle through their Industrial Arts Therapy program.
The patients and families installed parts and upgrades donated by build partners including Magnuson Superchargers, Hellwig Suspension Products, BF Goodrich Tires, JKS Manufacturing, IKON GPS, Hypertech, Southern Auto Body Supply, Top Notch Customs, Atlanta Custom Wraps, and Hi-Lift. Tool and service donors include Wizards Products, Anest Iwata, Milwaukee, Chicago...
Foundation Begins Another Year As ‘Proud Charity’ of International Motor Sports Association
Four Fundraising Auctions Set for Weekend at Daytona International Speedway
Week in Daytona Beach Begins With Visit to Speediatrics Children’s Unit at Halifax Health
Foundation to Present Annual Humanitarian Award on Thursday
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 20, 2020) – This weekend’s Rolex 24 At DAYTONA opens the season not only for Daytona International Speedway and the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) but also for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation is continuing its longtime role as an official “Proud Charity” of IMSA and there is no better setting to showcase that relationship than the Rolex 24, North America’s premier sports car event.
“Instant momentum; that’s what this week means to us,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn. “We are so fortunate to be part of such a huge event of international signifi...
Foundation Rallied After Loss to Build Gladiator, With Aid From Patients’ Families, Longtime Partners
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Jan. 15, 2020) – The resiliency of the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will be on display Saturday during the renowned Leake Auction at Salt River Fields in Scottsdale, Arizona.
As part of its array of innovative fundraising initiatives, the foundation is bringing a 2020 Jeep Gladiator IASO to be auctioned. The namesake and color scheme is linked to IASO, the Greek Goddess of Remedies and Modes of Healing.
But there is more inspiration at work here. Much more.
The stunning IASO is actually a replacement, resulting from an 11th-hour project made possible by the Austin Hatcher Foundation, foundation partners, and family members of young cancer patients who benefit from the foundation’s services. Two other vehicles donated to the foundation and customized by patients – a 2018 Ford Explorer Sport and 2019 Rugged Ridge Baja – were stolen from the founda...
Vehicle to be modified by pediatric cancer patients and families as part of STEM-based industrial arts therapy
Mahindra executives presented vehicle at Education Advancement Center on December 18
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 19, 2019) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has added another set of wheels to its collection of therapy vehicles. After the recent theft of two therapy vehicles in October, the foundation received an incredible response from the automotive community. One partner to step up and aid in the foundation’s recovery is Mahindra Automotive North America (MANA).
The newly donated ROXOR off-road vehicle was unveiled on December 18 at the Austin Hatcher Foundation’s Education Advancement Center. MANA’s Service Aftersales Director Justin Prann and VP of Marketing Richard Ansel presented the ROXOR to foundation staff members President Amy Jo Osborn and Director of Industrial Arts Jonathan Myren.
“This is such a special opportunity for our patients to wo...