Virginia race fans can help in fight against breast cancer; "Race Fans for a Cure(tm)" visits Richmond Coliseum on May 2nd. DEARBORN, Mich., April 26, 2002 - Race fans in Virginia can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G.
Virginia race fans can help in fight against breast cancer; "Race Fans for a Cure(tm)" visits Richmond Coliseum on May 2nd.
DEARBORN, Mich., April 26, 2002 - Race fans in Virginia can join Dale and Kelley Jarrett, Ford Credit and the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation in their endeavor to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. By visiting the Race Fans for a Cure(tm) display booth at the Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Day at the Richmond Coliseum on Thursday, May 2, fans can play an important role in the continued fight against breast cancer.
Race Fans for a Cure(tm) - a joint initiative involving Ford Credit and the Komen Foundation - will be at the Richmond Coliseum from 1-7 p.m. next Thursday. Race Fans for a Cure has raised $24,144.54 so far in 2002, including $16,287.80 at Daytona International Speedway during SpeedWeeks - the largest amount ever raised by the program at a single event. The program received $51,458.93 in donations in 2001, and with a matching donation from Ford Credit, the total presented to the Komen Foundation last year was $102,917.86. Fans can also make donations through www.racefansforacure.com.
Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus driven by Dale Jarrett, sponsors a Race Fans for a Cure(tm) display booth at various NASCAR events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the season. Race Fans for a Cure(tm) is an initiative designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection. The display booth offers information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, Ford Credit and is equipped to accept donations from fans.
For a $1 donation, fans can personalize a pink paper ribbon and receive a keepsake enamel ribbon pin to show their support. Additionally, Race Fans for a Cure(tm) offers an exclusive, collectible tin to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. This tin, containing two No 88 die-cast cars - one is the brand-new "fantasy" Race Fans for a Cure(tm) paint scheme and the other is the 2002 UPS Taurus - is available to those making a donation of $20 or more. Those making a $50 donation receive a personal autograph session with Dale Jarrett in addition to the collectible tin. All proceeds go to the Komen Foundation to support the fight against breast cancer through funding of innovative research and community-based outreach programs.
In addition, since 1998, Ford Credit has donated money to the Komen Foundation for every top-three finish and pole position (as fastest qualifier) that Dale Jarrett collects during the season. Since then, Ford Credit has donated $585,000 to the Komen Foundation based on Jarrett's on-track performance and end-of-season bonuses. Ford Credit gives the Komen Foundation $10,000 for each of Dale's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish, $5,000 for each third-place finish, and $5,000 for each pole won.
"A key to our success at the Komen Foundation is that we collaborate with a variety of companies and organizations to provide creative ways for people to make a difference in the fight against breast cancer," said Cindy Schneible, the Komen Foundation's vice president of cause-related marketing and sponsorship. "Race Fans for a Cure(tm) enables the Komen Foundation to expand our efforts, reaching more women with the life-saving message of early detection and raising additional funds for breast cancer research and community outreach programs. We thank Dale and Kelley Jarrett and Ford Credit wholeheartedly for being true 'Partners in the Promise.'"
To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure(tm), the Komen Foundation, Ford Credit and their efforts to help raise awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, fans can log on to www.racefansforacure.com.
The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation was founded in 1982 on a promise made between two sisters - Nancy Brinker and her dying sister, Susan G. Komen. Twenty years later, the Komen Foundation and its Affiliate Network are global leaders in the fight against breast cancer through their support of innovative research and community-based outreach programs. Today, the Foundation celebrates the power of a promise and how a single person's vision can make the difference in the lives of millions. For more information about breast health or breast cancer, call the Komen Foundation's National Toll-Free Breast Care Helpline at 1.800 I'M AWARE® (1.800.462.9273), or visit the Foundation's website at www.komen.org/.
Ford Credit is a subsidiary of Ford Motor Company and the world's largest provider of automotive finance. It serves more than 10 million customers in 40 countries.