TUCSON, Ariz. – The third annual “Laps for Life,” formula-1-type kart event is working to raise more than $50,000 for the Pediatric Oncology and Blood and Marrow Transplant unit at Diamond Children’s Medical Center at University Medical Center.
“You know, having to face cancer myself has been pretty tough, but the thought of a small child having to deal with this disease – it’s often painful treatment options and the frightening uncertainty – makes me realize how important it is for us to build this unit in Diamond Children's and help the kids who urgently need the extraordinary treatment that it will provide," says Peter Davis, event founder and coordinator.
This year, three karts will spin their way around the track on Saturday, Dec. 5, and Sunday, Dec. 6, for as long as 26 hours. Each kart will have a team of drivers, and 25 of those drivers will be kids. Each team will compete to complete the most laps around the Musselman Honda track during the 26-hour period. Each kart has been sponsored by a donor for $10,000, and each driver has a personal donation goal to benefit Diamond Children's.
In addition to the kart event, On Any Moto, Tucson's motorcycle apparel, accessory and service shop, is sponsoring its own $10,000 event to benefit Diamond Children's. On Sunday, Dec. 6, riders will participate in either of two rides: a 135-mile street ride, which will begin at 10 a.m. at On Any Moto, 1655 W. Grant Road; or an off-road ride beginning at 8 a.m. at Sertino's Coffee, South Rancho Sahuarita Blvd., at I-19. Each ride will wind around the county and finish at the Musselman Honda track at approximately 1 p.m. Participating riders will pledge to raise/donate sponsorship funds to benefit Diamond Children's.
Admission to the Musselman Honda Circuit track is free and parking is plentiful. To sponsor a motorcycle rider, call On Any Moto (269-6606) or go to its Web site for information: onanymoto.com. To sponsor a kart driver, call Peter Davis at 444-3284 or e-mail him at firstname.lastname@example.org. For more information on the Diamond Children's Medical Center visit www.DiamondChildrens.org.
NOTE: On Oct. 19, Peter Davis found that his cancer had returned. He is currently undergoing another round of chemotherapy at the Arizona Cancer Center at UMC North, but he is still planning to be one of the team kart drivers.
The University of Arizona, University Physicians Healthcare and University Medical Center work together to care for patients, educate medical students, train resident-physicians and conduct clinical and basic research. The UA Steele Children’s Research Center and UMC are working together to build Diamond Children’s Medical Center (www.diamondchildrens.org), now under construction and scheduled to open in 2010. Diamond Children's will be Arizona’s only pediatric inpatient medical center connected to an academic research facility – the Steele Center (www.steelecenter.arizona.edu).