"Guardian Angels" Race to Raise Funds for Children's Hospital Boston At the Rolex 24-Hour at Daytona
January 5, 2009
Boston, MA -- Guardian Angel Motorsports (GAM), an organization of race-car enthusiasts whose mission is to harness the power of motorsports to support Children's Hospital Boston's Competing for Kids program, is entering a Porsche 997 Grand-AM Spec GT3 Cup race car in the famous Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car endurance race. Their goal is to complete the full race, driving 24 hours in a team effort. All funds raised at the Rolex 24 Hours through per-lap donations, single gifts and sponsorships will support Children's Hospital Boston's Competing for Kids program.
Long-time motorsports competitors and GAM's team principals Bruce Ledoux and Dave Quinlan, along with their three co-drivers Dan Watkins, Steve Zadig and Kurt Kossman, will drive as many laps as possible to raise funds for Children's Hospital Boston. Kossman, a cancer survivor and amputee whose prosthetic leg was made especially for racing, was thrilled to join the team in the mission of raising funds for children with illnesses.
Guardian Angel Motorsports co-founder Bruce Ledoux has a personal connection to Children's Hospital.
"It will be a very personal ride for me," says Bruce Ledoux of Southborough, MA whose 5 year-old son Colin has been followed by Children's Hospital Boston since birth.
At two months old, Colin developed lesions on his body and had trouble keeping food in his system, due to severe food allergies. At four months old, he weighed 23 pounds. Within his first year, doctors also noted that he had delayed motor skills and speech. All of these factors led doctors to conduct genetic tests.
"We learned that Colin has a chromosomal abnormality. Since then, we have seen so many Children's Hospital doctors in departments from endocrinology, genetics and metabolism to allergy, immunology, dentistry and radiology. Children's Hospital Boston really works together as a team-- they have become my son's pit crew."
"Children's Hospital Boston is thrilled and grateful to partner with Guardian Angel Motorsports to raise funds for exceptional care and cutting-edge research that saves kids' lives," said Carola Cadley, Children's Hospital Trust Associate Vice President of Corporate Development and Marketing. "Using the allure of motorsports and awareness generated from this premier race to help children is innovative and a first for us at Children's."
People interested in becoming a Guardian Angel can donate per lap or through a single gift by visiting childrenshospital.org/giving. The gift is tax-deductible.
"We believe all children need a Guardian Angel so we are racing the Rolex 24 in that vein," says Bruce Ledoux.
Guardian Angel is teaming with TRG, one of the most successful teams in all of sportscar racing, for this race. GAM has hired TRG to provide a car, crew, infrastructure and hospitality for the race.
Children's Hospital Trust
GAM is an organization of race-car enthusiasts whose mission is to harness the power of motorsports to help the less fortunate. All funds raised at the Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona through per-lap donations and sponsorships will support Children's Hospital Boston's Competing for Kids program. Guardian Angel Motorsports is entering a Porsche 997 Grand-AM Spec GT3 Cup race car in the famous sports car endurance race. Their goal is to complete the full race, driving 24 hours in a team effort. Total distance: 700 laps, or as much as 2,492 miles.
Children's Hospital Boston, an internationally renowned center for medical research and treatment, is one of the only pediatric hospitals nationwide that focuses on pairing world-class research with clinical resources to develop novel therapies to treat and cure children. Many of the hospital's scientific advancements have far-reaching implications for treating adults, too--they target diseases including prostate and breast cancer, macular degeneration, and Alzheimer's. For more information, visit www.childrenshospital.org.
TRG was founded in 1993 and has been competing at the top level of sports car racing ever since. The team has the most wins of any team in the Grand-Am Rolex Series with 23, including the 2005 and 2006 Rolex Series GT championship trophy to go along with wins at the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the 24 Hours or Le Mans. TRG is a manufacturer and distributor of high-performance racing parts. The group specializes in engine and chassis building as well as full service professional race car preparation. The company also provides electrical and mechanical engineering services, driver development and arrive-and-drive opportunities. TRG is based in Petaluma, Calif., near its home track of Infineon Raceway in Sonoma as well as its new facility in Charlotte.
Hobbamock and Edward Winslow talk to a Children's patient