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Ken Adams is a cancer survivor in Austin, Texas, but while he was undergoing treatment he realized how difficult it was for other patients to rely on friends, family, or even public transportation to get to the hospital for their treatments.
So once he was well enough, Adams arranged an organization called Your Ride is Here to help get cancer patients to their treatment appointments in style. By assembling a network of volunteers, Adams is getting patients a ride to the hospital in luxury and exotic vehicles ranging from an Aston Martin Rapide to a Ferrari Enzo.
Adams knows first hand that the chance at smiling can mean the world to someone battling cancer. It also brings a smile to our face to know that there are so many luxury and exotic owners out there that are willing to share their prized possessions in a charitable way.
Watch a video about the awesome organization after the break.
Think twice before buying the next chrome part for your car, the plant that made it could be poisoning people. That was the case for the folks in Highland Park, Mich.,whose long-standing protest is finally gaining the attention of state officials.
“Everyone is entitled to a good quality of life,” said Shareef El-Mubarak, president of the Masjid Al-Nur Mosque and Community Center, which is blocks from the closed Chrome Craft plant. “I want to know if something is there, what kind of effect it could have on residents, and any long-term impacts to the children who have played here for years.”
Chrome Craft closed its doors in late 2009, but racked up 39 violations of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act during its operation. According to one former employee, toxic chemical spills at the plant were routine, both inside and outside the building. Area residents suspect that those spills compromised water and soil safety and are demanding an inspection.
Until now, the cause saw little progress, but the activist group gained recognition from the Michigan Department of Environment Quality after delivering testimony.
Moving into the future, it seems residents will finally have answers about spilled chromium, a known carcinogen and how it has affected their lives.
The company that owned and operated the plant, parts supplier Flex-N-Gate, is in turn owned by billionaire business success story Shahid Khan, who recently acquired the Jacksonville Jaguars.
“We won’t let the 1 percent make the 99 percent clean up their dangerous mess,” a local pastor said.
Hyundai has pledged to donate $100,000 each to 68 hospitals and non profit organizations to help fight pediatric cancer. Dealers will contribute $200 from each vehicle sale to the cause, and most of the financing is said to be arriving in this way.
The program, known as Hyundai Hope on Wheels will oversee the distribution of the nearly $ 7 million to the various charities. ”While we’ve made progress over the last few decades and now have an 85 percent cure rate, cancer still takes more lives than any other childhood disease,” said Hyundai Motor America President and CEO John Krafcik. “This September, in support of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Hyundai will shine a nationwide spotlight on this cause and provide more than $6 million in grants for pediatric cancer research and support programs. We love taking on big challenges at Hyundai, and we can think of no more worthy challenge than finding a cure for all forms of pediatric cancer.”
Hope on Wheels will have donated close to $23 million by year’s end,
Hit the jump to see the official press release
Cancer survivor Joe Bascal drives his Cancer Treatment Centers of America LX570 to victory.
Cancer Survivor Joe Bacal and navigator Paul Williamsen may just have set a record this weekend, taking first place in their class at the grueling Baja 500 race. It was the first win for Bascal, the JTGrey Racing Team, the Cancer Treatment Centers of America LX570 and for Lexus in professional off-road racing.
More amazing still Bascal piloted the Lexus solo during the entire 16 hours it took to complete the 41st annual Tecate SCORE Baja 500 in the Stock Full class.
“This is truly a dream come true,” said Bacal. “The LX 570 was bulletproof and we went the entire distance without a tire change. I was tired at the end but not exhausted, which is something that two years ago was hard to imagine after my cancer ordeal.”
Bascal and his Cancer Treatment Centers of America TJGrey Racing Lexus LX570 will race again in August at the Vegas to Reno 1000 in the Best of the Desert series.
GALLERY: JTGrey Racing Lexus LX570
Official release after the jump: