Sunday, June 23, 2013

Driven 2 Research

Driven 2 Research - Verrasport for Cancer Research Society
I know this is not a fashion post, but I thought I have to spread the words out - As a cancer researcher, being an active participant in cancer charity and fundraiser is important to me. Not only the money will help fund cancer research facilities to find better therapeutic strategies for this deadly disease, it also give cancer patients and their families the support they need as they battle through tough times together. I am proud to annouce my friend Ryan Verra, who's a professional formula racer, and his company Verrasport is partnering with Cancer Research Society to launch the project Driven 2 Research:

"This project was inspired by a good friend of Ryan Verra’s shortly after finding out her mother was diagnosed with cancer and only had months to live. “I watched my friend act so brave knowing she was giving her family strength during those hard times.” Ryan recounted the moment; “It’s difficult to understand what people are going through; this is something we all fear and too often have to face.” He knew he wanted to show support so he turned to what he knew best, racing. “Being inspired by my friends’ strength I had the idea of putting a ribbon with her Mother’s name on the wing of my (race) car, while I raced, to show support and maybe bring a smile to their faces during such hard times.”
Ryan was then determined to help find a cure for this horrible disease and knew other families dealing with cancer needed the support. He set out on a mission to fund research into cancers cure which led him to the Cancer Research Society. Together the CRS and Ryan Verra came up with the Driven to Research concept. “We were thrilled when Ryan Verra asked if we could team up with him. A car racing event is a new and exciting fund-raising experience and we are happy that Ryan will use his great talents to help our organization fund cancer research in Canada” Said the CRS Executive Director, Mr. Andy Chabot. “I’m very excited to get this project rolling.” Ryan said of the partnership; “it’s a huge deal to me knowing I’m out there racing to support cancer research. One in seven of us will die of cancer and to me that is far more dangerous than racing formula cars. We have a great group of fans and supporters that look up to us and it’s an opportunity to not only raise awareness, but to support the research that will cure this disease one day.”


Driven to Research will incorporate Ryan Verra’s #25 Alliance Autosport race car in the Cooper Tires USF2000 Championship Powered by Mazda National Class Presented by SCCA Enterprises division during the Mazda Road to Indy. We are calling on the general public to purchase a decal on Verra’s race car which will include the name of a loved one that has battled, or is currently battling, cancer. There will also be an exclusive contest to win a ride in the two-seater Indycar, driven by legendary racer Mario Andretti."

This is an amazing project and I'm truly proud of Ryan's support of the cancer research community. Ryan and I share a common interest in science, and I can see his passion to learn new discovery in this field. He's always a good company for science conversation - when I am not talking about fashion :)

If you would like to donate to the Driven to Research campaign, or for more information, please check out the donation page at:  http://www.crs-src.ca/DrivenToResearch


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