JEGS Racing Cancer Research news 2009-03-04

JEGS Racing For Cancer Research program celebrates sixth anniversary COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4) -- The JEGS Foundation's Racing For Cancer Research program will celebrate it's sixth anniversary at the upcoming 40th annual ACDelco NHRA ...

JEGS Racing For Cancer Research program celebrates sixth anniversary

COLUMBUS, Ohio (March 4) -- The JEGS Foundation's Racing For Cancer Research program will celebrate it's sixth anniversary at the upcoming 40th annual ACDelco NHRA Gatornationals at Gainesville Raceway. It will mark a special moment for the entire JEGS Mail Order organization as they take time to reflect on the success of the project.

"To have gone from a simple idea to an entity that has raised millions of dollars for cancer research in six short years is quite an accomplishment for everyone involved," said four-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. "It's been so exciting and rewarding to see the racing community get behind this program and we take exceptional pride in the fact that 100 percent of the proceeds raised have gone to fighting this terrible disease."

With one in four people contracting some form of cancer in their lifetime, the cause is close to many Americans and the Coughlin family is no exception. Family patriarch Jeg Coughlin Sr. successfully fought bladder cancer and Team JEGS chef Nicky Morse managed to overcome Hodgkin's Disease. On a sadder note, Troy Coughlin's mother-in-law succumbed to leukemia and John Coughlin's mother-in-law was lost to brain cancer.

The privately funded JEGS Foundation donates all of its proceeds to the James Cancer Hospital Solove Research Institute. Money raised goes towards prevention awareness, education, and discovery-oriented cancer research.

In 2005, The JEGS Foundation established a named endowment in honor of Jeg Coughlin Sr. at The Ohio State University's James Cancer Center -- the Jeg Coughlin Sr. Chair in Cancer Research. Currently, Dr. Maura Gillison, MD, PhD, a professor of medicine in the division of hematology and oncology, occupies the Jeg Coughlin Sr. Chair in Cancer Research.

"Dr. Gillison is doing a super job and we're honored to have her filling the Jeg Coughlin Sr. Chair in Cancer Research," Jeg Jr. said. "It's exciting to celebrate the progress we've experienced in our first six years of existence but I know everyone in my family feels as though we're just getting started. This is a cause we all believe in and support 100 percent and that will never change until they ultimately cure these diseases."

-credit: team jegs

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Series Charity
Drivers Jeg Coughlin , Troy Coughlin