The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has a real winner on its hands, thanks to the foundation’s latest automotive build project.
A high-performance 2018 Ford Explorer Sport, awarded to the foundation by Ford Motor Company based on the vehicle’s innovative healthy lifestyle design concept, received Ford’s Outstanding Achievement in Design award at the SEMA show in Las Vegas.
The competition was tough, with competitors – such as the foundation – submitting build concepts to Ford for consideration. A total of 21 designs were chosen. The Explorer was then “sold” by Ford to the foundation for $1 so it could be modified by young cancer patients and their family members.
The modification was part of a much larger overall effort, as one of the industrial arts therapy projects being developed this year at the foundation’s year-old, state-of-the-art Education Advancement Center, with the goal of enhancing therapeutic services with fun and exciting real-world activities. This allows pe...
Vehicle was Donated to Foundation by Mt. View Auto, Built with Donated Parts from OMIX-ADA
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (Dec. 4, 2018) – One of the most unique and inspiring Industrial Arts Therapy programs undertaken by the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has reached a highly successful conclusion. A 2017 HURST Jeepster Commando, modified by pediatric cancer patients, recently raised more than $150,000 at the Dallas Fall Leake Auto Auction in Dallas Market Hall.
The Jeep, which was donated by Mt. View Auto Group in Chattanooga, was painstakingly modified earlier this year with patients and their families serving as the main constructors. Truck ‘N Trailers USA in Chattanooga hosted the build-out sessions while all parts were donated by Omix-ADA, the world’s largest independent manufacturer and wholesale-only company with a full line of Jeep parts and accessories.
Prior to being transported to Dallas, the Jeep was displayed a...