Behind-the-Scenes: To Recognize an NF Hero, Decals to Podium in 48 Hours

on Wednesday, 19 August 2015. Posted in R4R News Blog, Blog

By Jill Beck, Racing4Research Program Director

ImWithDrew R4R collage 200wOur Racing4Research program recently visited Wisconsin for IMSA’s Continental Tire Road Race Showcase weekend. I traveled to Road America with a heavy heart, having just learned that we were on the verge of losing another NF Hero: 28-year-old Drew Leathers, 2012 CTF Ambassador, the inspiration for Cupid’s Undie Run, and someone I consider to be family.

Drew's battle with schwannomatosis has been nothing short of heroic - the challenges he has overcome are mind-blowing - yet he's always accepted each challenge with a sly smile and brutally funny irreverence. In typical Drew form, he decided to have a party to celebrate his life while he was alive and host a “FUN-eral" at his family’s home, which happened to be the same day as our Racing4Research event at Road America.

A Winning Month of NF Awareness

on Friday, 05 June 2015. Posted in R4R News Blog

Racing4Research teams bring home four podiums - including 2 wins! - for CTF's NF Heroes during the month of May


Dr. Jim Norman Partners with CTF for 2015 Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series

on Monday, 27 April 2015. Posted in R4R News Blog


NEW YORK, New York (April 27, 2015) - As a practicing surgeon, Dr. Jim Norman knows what it is like to make a positive difference in lives of those struggling with disease. As a race car driver, Dr. Norman also knows what it is like to taste victory with a class win in the 2013 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Beginning at this weekend’s Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, Dr. Norman will make a difference in the lives of people living with neurofibromatosis (NF) by carrying the logo of the Children’s Tumor Foundation on his all-new Lamborghini Huracán in his first season competing in the Super Trofeo Series. Victory, it would seem, shouldn’t be far behind.


C360R Continues Support of CTF with Two-Car World Challenge Effort

on Monday, 02 March 2015. Posted in R4R News Blog

Team Extends Highly Successful Jeffrey Owen Hanson "Art Car" Program

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AUSTIN, TX — The Pirelli World Challenge season opens this weekend at one of the continent's premier tracks, the Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas. The series includes seven different classes, featuring an astonishing variety of cars including everything from wildly winged Lamborghinis to grocery-getting MINI Coopers.

The team extends its highly successful “Art Car” program with the Children’s Tumor Foundation, with both cars featuring a different piece of art by acclaimed painter, and 2015 CTF Ambassador Jeffrey Owen Hanson. The 20-year-old philanthropic artist is visually impaired from an optic nerve tumor related to neurofibromatosis – known simply as NF – that is a common yet under-recognized genetic disorder that can cause tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. NF affects one in every 3,000 people, more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy, and Huntington’s disease combined.

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