Benefitting UMass Memorial Children’s Medical Center
The region's only full-service Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Service is available at UMass Memorial Children's Medical Center in Worcester. A multidisciplinary staff includes pediatric specialists in hematology, oncology, surgery, radiation oncology, radiology, neurology, neurosurgery, psychiatry, neuropsychology, social work and child life. The team provides diagnosis and treatment for all pediatric blood disorders and malignancies. The emphasis is on providing the most sophisticated medical care while offering both patients and their families optimal emotional support.
Raising Money Online
Depending on who you ask, RAL may mean Rally Against Leukemia, Racing Against Leukemia, or RallyCross Against Leukemia. Regardless of the discipline, it all amounts to charity events targeted directly at raising funds for Leukemia Research at UMASS Memorial Foundation, involving good fun with friends and autos. The weekend’s activities will be centered around New Hampshire Motor Speedway (NHMS).
This year, competitors raising money for Racing Against Leukemia can use the online site FirstGiving to raise money. Start by visiting The UMass Memorial Donation Site at http://www.firstgiving.com/ummf/2014-NER-SCCA-Racing-Against-Leukemia and you can donate from there.
The weekend will get fired up on Friday evening when the “Rally Against Leukemia” road rally explores approximately 60 miles of back roads surrounding NHMS. The rally requires no special equipment and no previous rally experience. Registration will open at 5:00 PM at the main entry gate at NHMS and a brief beginners’ rally school will be held at approximately 6:00 PM. The first car will start at 7:01.
The Solo department will be holding the Jeff Gordon Challenge and the Bill Goodale Novice Challenge on Saturday. The cone course will be set in one of the parking lots near the entry gates to NHMS. These two events are fund-raisers for the UMASS cause, costing ten dollars per run. Registration will open at 7:30 AM and first car will dart from the starting line near 9:30. On Sunday, Solo will have a season points event in the same lot. See more details at: http://www.ner.org/solo/ral-from-a-solo-perspective
The Solo trophy chief will have some nice prizes for the top fundraisers!
“RallyCross Against Leukemia” is looking to hold an event at a new site nearby to New Hampshire Motor Speedway on Sunday. Stay tuned for more details! As well as being a charity event, this is also a points event for the series’ regulars. After the racing is done, a raffle similar to that held after the rally will occur while the racers the dust out of their mouths.
The DoubleCross is also planned to be back for it's 7th year! It's comprised of both a Solo and RallyX component and will take part during the Saturday Solo and Sunday RallyX events. Drivers competing in the DoubleCross will also be able to compete in the full Solo and RallyCross events each day. Pair up with a RallyCross driver and share cars or run the same car in both events. The choice is yours! The entire entry fee goes to the UMASS Memorial Foundation.
The NER Club Racing troops will be on the speedway both Saturday and Sunday for Regional Racing. Specially prepared cars and competition licenses are required for these events. Saturday and Sunday will feature qualifying, practice, charity races and Track Tours. Spectating is available, but there may be a small charge.
An club-wide raffle will take place at NHMS from Friday through Saturday evening, including raffle prizes, charity shave and free food and beer-by-donation happening Saturday night in the NHMS garages! Come see our treasurer get his snowy white beard and mustache shaved off, but only if we raise a lot of money to bribe him into doing it! Raffle tickets will be available Friday night and Saturday at the track. Tickets will also be on sale at lunchtime in the Checkered Flag restaurant.
RAL is our premiere charity event of the year, and also our best social event of the year. Please come and join us!