The Chattanooga, Tennessee-based Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is in its fourth year as a “Proud Charity” of IMSA. This dynamic partnership has dramatically raised awareness for the foundation’s admirable mission: to erase the effects of pediatric cancer on young patients and their families. The partnership facilitates a variety of opportunities for fan-friendly fundraising activities at circuits that host both IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge events.
Throughout 2017, the Austin Hatcher Foundation is honoring its first 10 years – 2006-2016 – of existence. The foundation is a national 501(c)3 public charity founded by Dr. Jim Osborn and his wife Amy Jo Osborn, after they lost their infant son, Austin Hatcher Osborn, to an aggressive form of pediatric cancer in the autumn of 2006. Jim Osborn serves as the foundation chairman while Amy Jo Osborn serves as the foundation president.
Since its establishment, the Austin Hatcher Foundation has provided programs and services to approximately 70,000 children and their family members in 28 states. Programs and services are expanding in 2017 and operating out of a new facility in downtown Chattanooga – the Austin Hatcher Foundation Education Advancement Center.
Aligned with the commemoration of the 10-year anniversary of its founding, the foundation is amid its “FIVE for TEN” fundraising campaign aimed at acquiring and furnishing a permanent home for the foundation, and helping to continue and expand programs and services. The campaign’s theme is “Building a Foundation for the Future” with the goal of raising $3 million in 2017.
The Education Advancement Center is automotive-themed, reflecting the support received for many years from both the motorsports and automotive industries. In addition to its status with IMSA, the foundation formerly was the “Official Charity” of the American Le Mans Series. Beginning in 2016, the foundation also became part of the “SEMA Cares” family of charities.
New programs and services include the exciting “Hot Rodders of Tomorrow” at “Hatch’s Shop” in the Education Advancement Center, providing industrial arts education with cognitive therapy benefits. In addition, a Driving Simulation Education program is planned along with other initiatives unique to the Austin Hatcher Foundation.
For more information visit www.hatcherfoundation.org.