South Florida Race Fans can help in fight against Breast Cancer; "Race Fans for a CureÂ®" visits Fort Lauderdale, Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 14-17. (DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 8, 2002) -- Race Fans for a CureÂ® will continue its contributions to...
South Florida Race Fans can help in fight against Breast Cancer; "Race Fans for a Cure®" visits Fort Lauderdale, Homestead-Miami Speedway Nov. 14-17.
(DEARBORN, Mich., Nov. 8, 2002) -- Race Fans for a Cure® will continue its contributions to the fight against breast cancer when it visits Fort Lauderdale and Homestead-Miami Speedway next week. In just three years, Race Fans for a Cure® has distributed tens of thousands of shower cards to race fans and raised more than $230,000, often a dollar at a time, for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. By visiting the Race Fans for a Cure® display booth, fans can play an important role in the continued fight against breast cancer.
Race Fans for a Cure®, which is designed to increase awareness of breast cancer and the importance of early detection, will be at the Ford Championship Weekend Racefest at Las Olas Riverfront in Fort Lauderdale from noon-11 p.m. on Thursday, November 14, and at Homestead-Miami Speedway beginning at 8 a.m. on Friday, November 15, prior to the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series Ford 200, Saturday, November 16, prior to the NASCAR Busch Grand National Series Ford 300, and Sunday, November 17, prior to the NASCAR Winston Cup Series Ford 400.
The display booth will offer information about the Komen Foundation and its mission to eradicate breast cancer as a life-threatening disease by advancing research, education, screening and treatment, and is equipped to accept donations from fans.
Ford Credit, associate sponsor of the No. 88 NASCAR Winston Cup Taurus driven by 1999 champion Dale Jarrett, sponsors a Race Fans for a Cure® display booth at various NASCAR events and Ford Racing Fan Appreciation Days during the season.
Dale and Kelley Jarrett, on behalf of Race Fans for a Cure®, presented a check for $94,182.58 -- the amount received from fans at display booths and via www.racefansforacure.com from January-September 2002 -- to the Komen Foundation at Lowe's Motor Speedway in Concord, N.C., last month. Race Fans for a Cure® has raised $230,100.44 for the Komen Foundation since 2000.
For a $1 donation at the display booth, fans receive a keepsake enamel pink ribbon, and can personalize a paper pink ribbon to show their support. Additionally, Race Fans for a Cure® offers an exclusive collectible tin to generate funds for the fight against breast cancer. This tin, containing two No. 88 die-cast cars, is available to those making a donation of $20 or more. The first 25 fans making a $50 donation at the booth on Thursday 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.
Furthermore, 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 its inception, Ford Credit has donated $632,500 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 Jarrett's victories, $7,500 for each second-place finish and $5,000 for each third-place finish and $5,000 for each pole won. This season, Jarrett has two victories (Pocono and Michigan), a second-place finish (Michigan), three third-place finishes (Loudon, Dover and Atlanta) and a pole won (Michigan), resulting in a donation of $47,500 from Ford Credit.
To learn more about Race Fans for a Cure®, 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 promise and how a single person's vision can make a 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.