In conjunction with one of North America’s premier sports car events, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will have a strong upstate New York presence this week, with support from the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) community.
Foundation staff will be joined by Danny Burkett and Marc Miller, drivers for CJ Wilson Racing, for a Wednesday “Diversionary Therapy” visit to Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester (New York) Medical Center. Young oncology patients and their families will enjoy an afternoon of building and racing the foundation’s signature Pinewood Derby cars – with the help of Burkett and Miller, who will be racing Saturday in the IMSA Continental Tires SportsCar Challenge race, the Continental Tire 150, at the famed Watkins Glen International road circuit in Watkins Glen, New York.
On Sunday, the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship will showcase the weekend’s main race, the Sahlen’s 6 Hours of The Glen endurance classic.
As a proud charity of IMSA, the Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with hospitals, often in race markets, to provide unique Diversionary Therapy sessions that offers families a respite from the everyday realities of a fight against pediatric cancer. The Austin Hatcher Foundation’s services to young cancer patients and their families are provided at no cost; all services are paid for by donations received by the foundation.
“Whenever our Diversionary Therapy visits involve race-car drivers, the children are overjoyed,” said Austin Hatcher Foundation President Amy Jo Osborn, “and the parents and siblings also get pretty excited. It’s a great experience for everyone involved and a much-needed one for the children and their families.
“For our foundation, it’s fun work – and important work. And it’s what we are so blessed to provide.”
In addition, during the race weekend at Watkins Glen the Lamborghini VIP Car Corral and Corvette Coral will be hosting auctions to help raise funds. Lamborghini will sell Barrow Art by award-winning Naples, Florida artist Karen Barrow to corral guests, with proceeds going to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
About the Austin Hatcher Foundation:
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 supporters. For more information, visit www.hatcherfoundation.org. or contact the Foundation via email at email@example.com. Follow the Foundation on Facebook at facebook.com/austinhatcherfoundation and on Twitter @austinhatcher.fo