Editor’s note: Photo is from last year’s Darlington Raceway playoff race with the 2021 “DESI9N TO DRIVE” paint scheme and designer Mary Frances Webb.
DAWSONVILLE, Ga. – As part of National Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, the Chase Elliott Foundation has again joined forces with NAPA and Hendrick Motorsports for the sixth annual “DESI9N TO DRIVE” art collaboration with Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta (Children’s). For this weekend’s NASCAR Cup Series race at Darlington Raceway on September 4, Elliott’s race car and racing uniform, from head to toe, will feature a design submitted by a cancer patient at Children’s.
“We had such a great experience last year at Darlington with a complete design makeover thanks to NAPA and Hendrick Motorsports that we wanted to do it again,” said Elliott, a native of Dawsonville, Ga., who is the regular season champion of the NASCAR Cup 2022. . “I am delighted with how this show has grown over the years and how it brings attention to the quality of pediatric care that Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta provides to the region. I think the fans are really going to like it.” the design as well as me. .”
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This year’s DESI9N TO DRIVE program received dozens of submissions from patients at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s. A design sketched by Dani Gamel, 16, of Sharpsburg, Georgia, was selected for the full design makeover and will be featured on Elliott’s Alpinestars racing suit, gloves, shoes and Arai helmet, in addition to a full paint of the No. 9 NAPA Chevrolet Camaro ZL1. Diagnosed with leukemia at age 13, Gamel’s design showcases the Children’s facility dogs that helped her through cancer treatment and therapy through many visits to Children’s before becoming cancer-free late last year.
“It’s an honor to once again support the kids at Children’s and raise awareness of a world-class hospital,” said Marti Walsh, vice president of marketing for NAPA. “The NAPA organization is proud of its relationship with the Chase Elliott Foundation and is delighted to support the good work it does in NAPA’s hometown of Atlanta.”
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The DESI9N TO DRIVE program has raised and donated more than $250,000 to Children’s from the autographed racing shoe auction and the support of corporate partners in its first five years.
Items from Elliott’s racing uniform will be auctioned through the NASCAR Foundation’s auction page on eBay beginning Monday, August 29, and ending Thursday, September 8, after the Darlington race. Each winning bidder will also receive an authenticated autograph from Elliott.
All proceeds from the auction will go to the Chase Elliott Foundation to benefit Children’s Aflac Blood and Cancer Center. In addition, a portion of each specially designed race car sold will be donated with the proceeds of the auction.
“Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta is very appreciative that the artistic collaboration of the Chase Elliott Foundation and DESI9N TO DRIVE showcases the artistic talent of our patients receiving treatment at the Aflac Cancer and Blood Disorders Center of Children’s,” said Beth Buursema, senior director of development in the Children’s Foundation. “Treating more than 520 new cancer patients in 2021, the Aflac Blood Disorders and Cancer Center cares for more children with cancer than anywhere else in Georgia or the Southeast. This continued collaboration will bring hope to our patients.” while advancing our mission to make children better today and healthier tomorrow.”