DELAWARE, Ohio (Oct. 1) -- Five-time Pro Stock champion Jeg Coughlin Jr. will lead a stable of Team JEGS drivers in bringing pink-colored racecars to drag strips across the country this October to raise awareness for breast cancer. For the Coughlin family, the pink cars symbolize much more than a month of mindfulness. Rather, it reinforces a never-ending commitment they made to eradicate the disease forever.
To date, the JEGS Foundation has donated more than $15 million to help transform cancer treatment and research at The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center, including the Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute.
Since its inception in 2003, the JEGS Foundation has supported research and patient care programs at the world-renowned facilities, including funding the Jeg Coughlin Sr. Cancer Research Chair. Additionally, the lobby of the James is named in honor of the JEGS Foundation.
"The JEGS Foundation's philanthropic support has enabled us to aggressively move the needle on cancer research, education and patient care," said Raphael Pollock, MD, PhD, director, The Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center. "We have immense gratitude for their dedication to helping us to create a cancer-free world."
Like several other teams in NHRA competition, many of whom are supportive of the JEGS Foundation, all Team JEGS cars will feature pink schemes to remind fans of the ongoing fight against all forms of cancer. Jeg Jr.'s JEGS.com Elite Motorsports Chevrolet Camaro will be the most prominent with a full pink design highlighted by the JEGS Foundation ribbon sprawled across the hood.
"It would be impossible to miss this beautiful racecar this month," Jeg Jr. said. "It's got to be the brightest hot rod I've ever seen. Of course, the goal is to remind everyone that although huge amounts of progress has been made, the fight against cancer rages on and we need to remain vigilant in helping find a cure."
Troy Coughlin Jr. (Top Alcohol Dragster), Paige Coughlin (Super Comp) and Mike Coughlin (Top Dragster) also will add a touch of pink to their dragsters to raise additional awareness at the various sportsman-level events where they will compete.
"Through the JEGS Foundation, which we started to honor the individual cancer diagnoses we've experienced in our own extended family, we've come to realize how impactful it is when individuals from our racing community reach out to help," Jeg Jr. said.
"We have some wonderful friends, Mike DeChicco and Dr. Jane Graebner, who started what they call the Mr. Aruba Winter Nationals Bench Race 15 years ago. They get all their friends together in the offseason and race each other on a practice tree. I've attended their deal and it's a lot of fun. To prove how something small can turn into something big, the first year they raised $1,600 for the JEGS Foundation. This past year they surpassed $100K, all for cancer research. They are truly making a difference.
"When people see one of the many pink cars I'm sure will hit the strip this month, I hope it reminds them to do what they can to help. Together we can beat this thing."
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Scott "Woody" Woodruff
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