Indianapolis 500 champion Ryan Hunter-Reay, along with partners Racing for Cancer and AutoNation, have contributed a donation of $2.5 million to the brand new cancer center for Cleveland Clinic Florida in Weston, Florida.
Adding even more poignancy for the IndyCar racer is that the center’s lobby will be named in honor of his late mother, Lydia, who succumbed to colon cancer in 2009.
Promoting cancer awareness has since become one of Hunter-Reay biggest off-track passions. He co-founded Racing for Cancer with Tom Vossman in July 2010 to help raise funds for research that can help those afflicted by the terrible disease.
According to the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Racing for Cancer chipped in $1 million for the CCF donation, while AutoNation initially pledged $1 million before adding on another $500,000 – $1,000 for every one of the 500 miles Hunter-Reay completed at Indianapolis en route to his win there this past May.
“If anyone comes to me to say “Thank you; because of your efforts we caught the cancer early enough to beat it and did not have to go through what you and your family did,’ it makes it all worthwhile,” Hunter-Reay told the Sun-Sentinel.
The new CCF cancer center is expected to be ready for use early next year. It is part of a five-story, 143,000-square-foot addition to the campus that will also house the hospital’s neurological center.
For more on Racing for Cancer, including ways to donate toward cancer research, please visit their website at RacingForCancer.org.