Moffitt Cancer Center is Revving up for IndyCar® Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay’s Visit with Patients and their Families

March 10, 2014

TAMPA, Fla. IndyCar®Series Champion Ryan Hunter-Reay is making a special pit stop March 26 at Moffitt Cancer Center to spend time with patients and their families. Hunter-Reay, who lost his mother to colon cancer, is in the area to compete in the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg on March 30.

Since losing his mother in 2010, Hunter-Reay has committed himself to the fight against cancer. He co-founded Racing For Cancer, which unites motorsports fans to support prevention and early detection of cancer, as well as raise awareness of childhood cancers.

During his visit to Moffitt, he will meet with the Families First program participants to offer support to parents and children who are facing cancer together. The Moffitt program helps families adjust to the many changes they face when a parent is diagnosed with cancer. Families will have a chance to meet Hunter-Reay, make checkered flags, collect a die cast model of his 2013 IndyCar®, and receive free tickets to the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. Parents and children will also have photograph and autograph opportunities with Hunter-Reay.

“Cancer can cause an unbelievable amount of stress and strain on a family, I know firsthand. I'm honored to have the opportunity to meet the patients being treated at Moffitt and their children. Racing For Cancer and I are happy to support efforts that are committed to the global fight against cancer,” Hunter-Reay said.

AutoNation is bringing Hunter-Reay to Moffitt from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. March 26 in the Ferman Family Conference Room of the Vincent A. Stabile Research Building. The program is for Moffitt patients participating in the Families First program who register in advance at 813-745-8407. Seating is limited.

AutoNation and Lennar are sponsoring The Yellow Party from 7 to 10 p.m. March 28 at the Renaissance Vinoy Hotel, 701 Bayshore Drive N.E., St. Petersburg. Proceeds will benefit Moffitt and Racing For Cancer.  Ryan Hunter-Reay and other drivers will be in attendance, and racing memorabilia will be auctioned off to raise funds for cancer research, prevention and patient support. The Yellow Party tickets can be purchased at www.TheYellowParty.org.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 1 cancer hospital in Florida and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of “America’s Best Hospitals” for cancer since 1999. With more than 4,200 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact on the state of nearly $2 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

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