Three-time Verizon IndyCar Series race winner James Hinchcliffe will be back in his hometown of Toronto, Ontario on Saturday 25th October attending a fundraising charity event on behalf of the Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinemia Foundation of Canada, which was founded by his mother Arlene after her own father passed away from the rare blood cancer.
“As a family we know only too well the effects of this disease,” stated Hinchcliffe. “I’m always in awe of my mom’s passion to not only raise awareness of Waldenstrom’s Macroglobulinema but her tireless efforts through the WMFC to fund research into it so we can better understand it. I’m delighted to attend next Saturday’s event in Toronto, it’s always fun to get back home and even better when it’s for a great cause.”
In addition to being there in person, Hinchcliffe is also donating several items including his race suit from this year’s Indy 500, where he qualified on the front-row for the second time in three seasons, as well as various race car parts and some of his own famed “Hinchtown Hammer Down” ale.
James has just rounded out his 4th season competing in the Verizon IndyCar Series driving the #27 Andretti Autosport Dallara Honda. After winning ‘Rookie of the Year’ honors in 2011, he twice finished inside the top-10 driver standings with 3 victories and 7 podium finishes competing in North America’s premier open-wheel racing series. This year he has achieved 8 top-10 finishes and 5 front-row starts.
“I’m hoping some of my items will help bolster the money raised on the night and I’d encourage everyone to check out the WMFC website for details and to buy their tickets so they can join what I’m sure will be an entertaining evening.”
This year’s fundraiser will see the launch of the ‘Imagine A Cure’ campaign with the goal of raising $1million within five years to fund more research into the disease. Currently WMFC is funding a two-year research project at the British Columbia Cancer Agency in Vancouver. It will be held at the Bata Shoe Museum, 327 Bloor Street West, Toronto, Ontario, beginning at 7:30pm.. Tickets can be purchased online at: www.wmfc.ca/events
Note: WM (aka lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma) is a rare disease affecting B cells (a type of white bloodcells formed in the bone marrow and lymph nodes). Symptoms include weakness, fatigue, weight loss and chronic oozing of blood from the nose and gums, as well as blurriy vision and/or loss of eyesight, headaches and (in rare cases) stroke or coma. In addition about 10% of patients have been diagnosed with pPeripheral neuropathy, while 30-40% of patients may suffer from lymphadenopathy, splenomegaly, and/or hepatomegaly. The disease is currently found in less than 1,500 people in the US. While the median onset age is between 60-65, some cases have been diagnosed in late teens. Although there is no cure, many people are able to live active lives with treatment.