Austin Hatcher Foundation ‘Road Show’ Continues in Conjunction With IMSA Race Season, During Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Event
Fundraising Fan Auctions Set for Sunday at Scenic, Historic Circuit
Auctions Prefaced by Thursday Visit to Nationwide Children’s Hospital
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 30, 2019) – The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is teaming up with some old friends this week, with the end result certain to involve a number of new friends.
The foundation, as part of its status as an official “Proud Charity” of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), will have two fundraising auctions at the famed Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Sunday – “race day” for the Acura Sports Car Challenge, part of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship schedule. Race fans will be able to bid on various racing memorabilia from 11-11:30 a.m. at the Team Penske and Meyer Shank Racing transporters in the circuit’s paddock area.
On a Tuesday night, while the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer was bustling full of children playing and running around, one child named Enrique stood out amongst the chaos. Fourteen-year-old Enrique was playing with his cousin Ayla and sister Alieta, who also come to the Foundation after school multiple times a week. His aunt English brings them to Austin Hatcher Foundation every week.
Although Enrique is all smiles today, English remembers a time when things weren’t filled with fun. When Enrique was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia (ALL), it affected their entire family. “We were all full of fear and anxiety, and it was so difficult because we didn’t even know what questions to ask or who to go to for help,” she says. “We didn’t have a support system for Enrique’s needs in the beginning, and we thought we had to go out and find it on our own. It was amazing that the foundation could be there for us.”
One of Enrique’s biggest struggles after treatment was returnin...
SEMA Cares Chair Melanie White recently visited the Austin Hatcher Foundation in Chattanooga, Tennessee, to see first-hand their innovative cognitive program and evaluate the use of driving simulators for physical therapy.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer—a SEMA Cares charity—has launched an innovative program and study using driving simulators. The program allows pediatric cancer patients and their siblings to participate in fun, therapeutic activities while providing valuable information about children’s cognitive control skills. Driving simulators have been used around the world to improve the cognitive and executive function of intact and injured brains.
Some childhood cancer survivors develop learning problems, called cognitive impairments, as a result of the disease or cancer treatment. These problems affect cognitive control skills, such as focus, memory and hand-eye coordination.
“Cancer treatment is especially aggressive for young childre...
Noted 'Motionsports' Artist Bill Patterson Producing Unique Painting for Auction
CHATTANOOGA, Tenn. (April 10, 2019) – One of the world’s premier motorsports events will again provide a high-profile stage for the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer during the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix weekend, April 12-14 at the famed Long Beach, California street circuit.
The Bubba burger Sports Car Grand Prix, set for Saturday, April 13, is the third event of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season. The IMSA competition is running in companion to the fourth race of the NTT IndyCar Series season, the Acura Grand Prix of Long Beach on April 14. The Long Beach waterfront street circuit debuted in 1975 and from 1976-83 it hosted a Formula One event.
The Austin Hatcher Foundation has a long-running affiliation with IMSA and now serves as an official “Proud Charity” of the organization. IMSA, based in Daytona Beach, Florida, is th...
Sock It for Kids With Cancer is a fun and unique way for kids in the Chattanooga area to give back to other kids they may or may not know who are affected by pediatric cancer. The goal of this fundraiser is to give children exposure to philanthropic activities, while also helping them gain confidence, improve communication skills, learn about personal responsibility, and practice math and financial skills.
This program is exciting for students and easy to implement, because the foundation provides all marketing materials, handouts, and collection buckets. Previous participating schools and churches include Brainerd Baptist School, Thrasher Elementary, Signal Mountain United Methodist, Whitwell High School, and Chattanooga Christian School, where students raised a collective $3,263 to support the foundation’s mission and services.
During the months of February and March, the middle schoolers at Silverdale Baptist Academy raised $1,587 for the Austin Hatcher Foundation through the Sock It...