FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., Sept. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ryan Hunter-Reay knows something about important victories – the reigning IZOD IndyCar® champion has been racing against tough competition all his life. As challenging as his profession is, though, he knows that it's nothing compared to the struggles that cancer patients have to face. That's why he founded Racing For Cancer, a nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention and early detection of cancer, after he lost his own mother to colon cancer four years ago.
While he's in town for the Grand Prix of Houston, Ryan will be visiting the AutoNation Chevrolet Gulf Freeway Store to meet fans and honor special guest 4-year-old Kyssi Andrews, who has been battling cancer most of her life. Last year, AutoNation associates heard about her plight and raised money to help the family. Now she's about to celebrate her 5th birthday, and that's a greater victory than any checkered flag.
This open-to-the-public meet-and-greet is scheduled for October 3 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. at AutoNation's Chevrolet Gulf Freeway store at 13800 Gulf Freeway in Houston. Kyssi will be in attendance, and Ryan will be signing autographs and posing for pictures.
AutoNation is proud to have teamed up with Ryan to promote his Racing for Cancer charity 501(C)3 organization. The group's mission is "simply, to help beat cancer," and they focus their efforts largely on early detection and prevention, with a special emphasis on childhood cancer. 100% of their proceeds go directly to cancer fighting efforts. Also supporting the cause is Houston-based and nationally renowned MD Anderson Cancer Center where Kyssi is receiving her treatment.
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About AutoNation, Inc.
AutoNation is transforming the automotive retail industry through bold leadership. We deliver a superior automotive retail experience through our customer-focused sales and service processes. Owning and operating 265 new vehicle franchises, which sell 32 brands across 15 states, AutoNation is America's largest automotive retailer, with state-of-the-art operations and the ability to leverage economies of scale that benefit the customer. As an indication of our leadership position in our industry, AutoNation is a component of the S&P 500 Index. AutoNation is driven to be the best-run, most profitable automotive retailer.
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