FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – Racing For Cancer founder and IndyCar driver, Ryan Hunter-Reay presented Gilda’s Club South Florida with a grant for $10,000. The check presentation took place on October 4, 2019 at AutoNation during the unique Over the Edge event that benefits Gilda’s Club. The donation will fund the support groups offered to children impacted by cancer through the children’s and teens program, as well as help promote parenting skills to parents through the cancer experience.
The gift came to being when former Gilda’s Club South Florida Chair Sara Howley Callari challenged Racing For Cancer to match her birthday donations. Racing for Cancer accepted the challenge which resulted in the $10,000 check to Gilda’s Club.
“We’re incredibly grateful to the Hunter-Reay family, Racing For Cancer and Sara for supporting our children and family’s initiative at Gilda’s Club. It means a lot that he would support a local, community organization,” said Kim Praitano, President/CEO of Gilda’s Club South Florida.
When a family member has cancer, parenting is stressful and confusing. Parents struggle with creating the appropriate structure and support for all their children when one family member is diagnosed with cancer. At Gilda's Club, support is provided for each member of the family impacted by cancer, which falls in line with the mission of Racing For Cancer.
Hunter-Reay, who lost his mother to cancer, is a Fort Lauderdale resident. He is the most successful American driver currently competing in Indycar and is a former Indy 500 Champion and Indy Car Series Champion. Ryan along with his wife Beccy and friend Tom Vossman formed Racing For Cancer in 2010 to unite motorsports fans around the world to help those afflicted with cancer. Their focus is to promote early detection and prevention initiatives, as well as efforts to help raise awareness and support of fighting childhood cancer. Racing For Cancer has provided funding to programs throughout the country and in South Florida including funding cancer related initiatives at Nova Southeastern University and the Cleveland Clinic Florida. For more information visit www.racingforcancer.org
“Beccy and I have become the parents of three boys since starting Racing for Cancer which makes this gift so much more meaningful for us. We are grateful to be able to help support families in our community impacted by cancer,” said Hunter-Reay.