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Local News: Glendora, CA resident Kenton Koch: Mazda MX-5 Cup

Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer Partners with Children’s Hospital of Orange County for a Day of Distraction

April 7, 2014 (Orange County, CA) – On Thursday, April 10 the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer will brighten the day of patients and families at the Children’s Hospital of Orange County (CHOC) through its diversionary therapy program. The Austin Hatcher Foundation will provide fun-filled distraction to children by helping them build, color and race the Foundation’s signature pinewood derby cars.

As a proud charity of the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA), the Austin Hatcher Foundation partners with hospitals in race cities to provide these unique diversionary therapy programs which offer families a much-needed distraction and escape from the everyday realities of pediatric cancer. Glendora, CA resident Kenton Koch, a Mazda SportsCar Racing Academy Scholarship driver, will participate in the event at CHOC. Koch races in the Mazda MX-5 Cup for ALARA acing/Mazda Motorsports Development and will be joined by IMSA staff and foundation volunteers which for this event will include Formula Drift driver Ken Gushi. Kenton’s website:

Also in conjunction with IMSA, the foundation will be the beneficiary a live auction during the Tequila Patron Sports Car Showcase at Long Beach on Saturday April 12 at 11:45 at the SpeedSource team transporter. The team will provide a variety of unique and rare items for race fans to purchase, including a set of 4 Continental or General Tires (any size or type) and a 24” x 30” photograph of the team’s Mazda SKYACTIV-D Smart Diesel Prototype Class race car. 100% of the proceeds will be used to erase the effects of pediatric cancer.

Mark Osmundson, Sr. Director, Marketing and Sponsor Relationships had this to say about the week’s activities, “A true reflection of Southern California’s car culture will be seen at the CHOC visit where we will be joined by sports car drivers, a drift driver, and car builders, all with the singular objective to help families look past the effects of pediatric cancer. And what better place than Long Beach for America’s most prevalent brand in motorsports, Mazda, to host an auction to benefit families challenged with the

All therapies are provided at no cost to hospitals, insurance or the families thanks to the generous donations of its supporters. For more information on the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer please visit Follow us on Facebook at and Twitter @austinhatcherfo.

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