More than 35 children ages 5-18 living with T1D from around the country are raising funds for T1D research from now until April 24, 2014 at www.FordRaceCar.jdrf.org in the hopes of making the top 10 and advancing to the finals, where voting continues until June 1, 2015. The winning entry will be chosen by the Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD), JDRF and Wood Brothers Racing. The Wood Brothers run the iconic No. 21 Ford Fusion stock car that will be adorned with the winning design for the Brickyard 400 on July 26, 2015.
The winner and his or her family will be the guests of Motorcraft/Quick Lane Racing at the famed Indianapolis Motor Speedway and will see driver Ryan Blaney put their design through its paces on the 2.5-mile oval.
Every child who enters raises money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” through donations. The money raised will help to continue JDRF’s efforts to turn Type One into Type None through the support of research.
“Vote now for a chance to see our Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Fusion NASCAR stock car at the Brickyard featuring the unique creativity of a child living with T1D,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for FCSD. “The children who entered this year’s contest produced some great vehicle designs. We can’t wait to bring the winning child’s design to life.”
Last year’s winner, Carson Magee, 11, of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, raised $3,735 in the contest that gave him the racing experience of a lifetime. Magee, a very active advocate for JDRF, was diagnosed with T1D at age 7.
T1D is a disease in which the body’s pancreas stops producing enough insulin, a hormone that is needed to turn food into energy. People with T1D must monitor their blood sugar levels and administer insulin via shots or an insulin pump, multiple times every day. Even vigilant management does not ward against T1D complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness and amputation. JDRF is the largest charitable funder of T1D research, focused on supporting key therapies that hold significant promise in achieving a world without T1D.
Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In seven years, the race car design contest has raised more than $400,000 for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of T1D research.
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