Racing for Cancer Inc

Picking Up the Pace

aka Racing For Cancer   |   ROCKPORT, TX   |  www.racingforcancer.org

Mission

Simply..to help Beat Cancer!

Ruling year info

2011

President

Thomas Vossman

Main address

PO BOX 1618

ROCKPORT, TX 78381-1618 USA

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EIN

27-2920069

NTEE code info

Fund Raising and/or Fund Distribution (E12)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

When Racing for Cancer began, we did so in memory of the loss of Ryan Hunter-Reay's mother, Lydia, who passed from her battle with colon cancer in 2009. Ryan was an up and coming professional racing driver, and when his mother was diagnosed, he didn't know where to turn for help. Ryan has to take his mother to no fewer than 4-5 different facilities in hopes of finding the treatment to cure her situation. Lydia ultimately lost her battle, a battle that started tough as she was stage 4 when she was diagnosed. Ryan looks back and believes that if his mother had received regular check-ups, perhaps she would have caught the cancer sooner and beat cancer. Moreover, the cost of "chasing an answer" was severe. There was no one facility that could help her. We are trying to focus our mission on Early Detection and Prevention, while also supporting turn-key services for cancer patients. We also have a passion to support childhood cancer initiatives.

Our programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Race to Beat Cancer

Fundraiser to raise funds in support of early detection and prevention programs and/or to support childhood cancer inititives

Population(s) Served
Adults

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Number of Oncology Nursing Students Completing Clinical Training Supported

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Chronically ill people, Terminally ill people, Adults, Children and youth

Type of Metric

Outcome - describing the effects on people or issues

Direction of Success

Holding steady

Context Notes

60 Oncology Nursing Students are covered for 2021/22 Clinical Training at Cleveland Clinic, South Florida

Our Sustainable Development Goals

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

Simply put, to help Beat Cancer!

More specifically, if we are able to help save a life where Ryan's goal of early detection and prevention helps someone who might hear those dreaded words, "You have cancer", will do so catching the disease in an early stage and beat it.

Right about the time we started Racing for Cancer in 2009, we sat down and asked this very question to our board. Ryan told the board formed, if one day a child walks up to me at a race and says, "Thanks Ryan, its because of your message and efforts, my mom battled cancer and won", than we will have accomplished a great deal. That is, saving someone's life. "That is what I want to do!"

We look to leverage the racing community, its fans, teams, sponsors, and vendors to raise funds to support our mission.

We hold various fundraisers that have a link to racing (such as our Race to Beat Cancer event in early first quarter each year that allows people to make a donation while learning how to race or our Karting for Cancer event typically held around the Indy500 each year in May) to raise funds and awareness to our mission. We have also held "typical" fundraisers, "The Yellow Parties" where we offer a buffet meal, entertainment, and silent and live auctions.

Raising these funds while finding matching partners has enabled us to donate in excess of $4 million in our first 8 years to various programs that support our mission and goals. We will continue to seek matching partners for our efforts to ideally double our support to various new donations.

Because Ryan Hunter-Reay has been very successful in advancing his career in IndyCar and other forms of racing, while driving for very large, well known teams, we have been able to successfully leverage his success to plan for and run successful fundraisers. Several of his sponsors have helped us in a very big way to match donations for very large initiatives, like our $2.5M donation to the new turn-key services facility at Cleveland Clinic, Fort Lauderdale, Florida and the new soft-tissue research lab at SE NOVA University.

Many fans and sponsors and teams support our efforts through donations, pledges, sponsorships and attendance at our various fundraisers. Everyone unfortunately has been affected by cancer, the racing fan and community included. We find the racing community has been very generous in helping Ryan and our organization achieve our goals.

We have raised and donated over $2 million, matched by another $2 million to provide support to great initiatives that support our missions already. We have supported over a dozen great programs in our first 8 years and we plan to do more. We have discussed also looking to provide an endowment at some point to possibly support young adults seeking to become oncology nurses. Ryan's mother Lydia was a nurse and we felt this was another way to honor her memory and provide a legacy in our efforts to ultimately realize a cancer-free world.

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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Racing for Cancer Inc

Board of directors
as of 07/18/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Thomas Vossman

Allie Auman

Sara Callari

Rebecca Hunter-Reay

Board leadership practices

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Not applicable
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 7/18/2022

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Male, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data