The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer is in its third year as a “Proud Charity” of IMSA, a dynamic partnership that has dramatically raised awareness both for the Foundation and its admirable mission: to erase the effects of pediatric cancer on young patients and their families.
As a national 501-C3 public charity founded by Dr. Jim and Amy Jo Osborn after a personal experience of losing their infant son Austin Hatcher Osborn in 2006. This partnership facilitates a variety of opportunities for fan-friendly fundraising activities at circuits on both the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and the IMSA Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge schedules.
Since its inception, the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer has provided service to more than 60,000 individuals, across 38 hospitals and 24 states. The Foundation provides services that benefit an entire family through its 3 major divisions; Psycho-Oncology Division, Diversionary Therapy Division and Healthy Lifestyle Education Division.
The Foundation provides services that benefit an entire family, including marital counseling, financial counseling, and parent/child interactive counseling, among others through its Psycho-Oncology Division.
The Foundation’s Psycho-Oncology Division addresses the effects cancer treatments can have on a child’s cognitive functions. Cognitive testing is provided along with individualized programs that teach children metacognitive strategies to work within cognitive deficits – at no cost to hospitals or patients’ families.
The Diversionary Therapy Division provides families faced with pediatric cancer with specialized activities that promote the involvement of leisure, recreation and play by reducing barriers. These opportunities promote self-esteem, personal fulfillment, psychological, social, intellectual and spiritual/cultural well-being. Our Diversionary Therapy program provides children and families with the opportunity to make time to live and provide a discovery of life.
The Healthy Lifestyle Education Division, “Fueling Potential: Racing to Win” program to equip children in grades K-5 and their families with information about choices that will reduce their lifetime risk of cancer. The program uses auto racing metaphors as an educational tool, addressing four risk factors: nutrition, exercise, sun-safety and tobacco use.
For more information visit www.hatcherfoundation.org.