Atlanta, GA (April 25, 2008) – As part of the team’s commitment to supporting the 2008 Tour de Georgia presented by AT & T, Rock Racing is donating $250,000 to the official beneficiaries of the event, Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta and the Georgia Cancer Coalition. Team Owner, Michael Ball, will present checks to Eugene Hayes, Foundation President of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, and to Bill Todd, President and CEO of the Georgia Cancer Coalition on Sunday, April 27 during the final stage in Atlanta. The donations will directly benefit pediatric cancer and blood disorders research through the Aflac Cancer Center and Blood Disorders Service, as well as support the Georgia Cancer Coalition’s efforts to strengthen cancer prevention, research and treatment in Georgia, with the ultimate goal of making Georgia one of the nation’s premier states for cancer care.
“Giving back is an important part of what this team is all about,” said Ball. “Cancer research is a cause we strongly support through the company’s philanthropic division, Rock the Cure, and we are pleased to support Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, as well as the Georgia Cancer Coalition, and will make a difference in the lives of cancer patients.”
“The support from Rock Racing illustrates such a positive commitment to both the Tour de Georgia and to Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta,” said Shelton Stevens, Manager Sports Network, Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta. “Their generosity through the Tour de Georgia helps us get closer to curing cancer and blood disorders and making a difference in the lives of children across Georgia.”
Earlier this year, Rock Racing, through Rock the Cure, donated funds to local Boys & Girls Clubs in both Sacramento and Solvang during the Amgen Tour of California. Additionally, children from each area met the Rock Racing cyclists and got an up-close view of the race.
As Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta seeks to promote better health and wellness for Georgia’s youth, the not-for-profit organization has also teamed up with the Tour de Georgia’s Health and Wellness Expo at each finish line Host Venue including: Savannah, Augusta, Gainesville, Braselton (Road Atlanta), Dahlonega, Brasstown Bald Mountain/Towns Co. and Atlanta. In addition, fundraising events for the Aflac Cancer Center were held throughout the Tour.
“The Tour de Georgia gives a whole new meaning to the ‘race’ for the cure. If you’re a cyclist, the thrill of riding is made that much sweeter by knowing that you are supporting cancer research in our state. The Coalition appreciates the continued support from the Tour, and this generous donation ‘Rocks!’,” said Bill Todd, President and CEO of The Georgia Cancer Coalition.