Thank you so much for your time and interest in this new foundation. A bit of background:: Alabama Native and 2 time Cancer survivor, Ricky Byers , has made it his ambition to help others. The help he received while battling the Big C, made him realize how much help is actually needed. He then Founded "Racing for A Cure" His mission was to be sure that Cancer patients had transportation from Auto to Airplanes to get the help and the best treatments they could. Most Insurances do not pay for transportation and hotel. He is still active in that mission. He has since discovered that along the way, that what in needed is JUST FUN!!!! Medicines and treatments dont do that. Also, many times he has heard , a bit of fun would really make my brother, sister, mom or dad feel better is fun and in the same sentence it was heard (They have given there life to this country at least lets let them have FUN) So Veterans Driving America was Born.. The mission here is to create SMILES. Period. Veterans Driving America has teamed up with Andy Hillenburgs Fast Track Driving School to make this happen. There will also be a Race car available for Ride Alongs for the Disbaled Veteran. There are at the present time 5 tracks that the school does these racing experiences.
Rockingham, Charlotte, Bristol, Kentucky and Michigan.
The experience will be totally sponsor driven and no cost to the veteran.
The program will kick off April 15 at Rockingham Speedway, in Rockingham NC..
The Foundation is in memory of Long Time Air Force Sr. Master Sgt. James O. Mathis Jr.. He served 1948-1989. He passed away Jan. 14, 2009. He was a long time supporter of Richards Coffee shop as well as an avid Race Fan.
It would be an honor to have Veterans from the coffee shop to assist us is kicking this program off. A motocycle ride or in cars. The veterans that show up will help unvail the car, have a photo opt that will be used in all publications and they will be able to watch the innaugural Camping World Truck Series Race.
This will also be a fund raiser that will aid the Building Fund for Welcome Home Veterans Military Museum as well and Veterans Drive America.
T shirts will be made up and also will be used as fund raising. The Coffee SHop logo will be included on the tee shirt as well as the race car. I'st gonna be a FUN VETERAN DAY in April. Looking forward to working with you guys.
The amout for the day , we had spoken about is $50 per person. All profits will be split 50/50 between the building fund and Veterans Drive America. We expect this to be a log time relationship and can help each. .
LETS GET VETERANS ON THE TRACK!!!!!
Please call me with any questions anytime.