Ryan Eversley to Host Children’s Tumor Foundation Racing4Research Fundraiser Wednesday Night Prior to Petit Le Mans

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“Checkered Flag: A Night for NF Heroes” Event at the Birdhouse Studio & Gallery in Braselton from 4 – 8 p.m.

BRASELTON, Ga. (October 16, 2012) – Children’s Tumor Foundation (CTF) Racing4Research driver Ryan Eversley has spent the majority of the 2012 season racing in support of the fight against Neurofibromatosis (NF) but on Wednesday evening he will join some of his closest competitors in both GRAND-AM Road Racing and the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for an off-track fundraiser to raise needed awareness and resources for NF research.

Eversley has organized and will host the “Checkered Flag: A Night for NF Heroes” event at the Birdhouse Studio & Gallery, located at 1866 Hwy. 211 in Braselton, Ga., from 4 – 8 p.m. EDT on Wednesday, October 17, 2012.

Neurofibromatosis – or NF – is a common yet under-recognized genetic disorder that causes tumors to grow on nerves throughout the body. The disorder can lead to blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer and excruciating and disabling pain. Found in one of every 3,000 children born, NF is a more common disorder than many more widely known illnesses, including cystic fibrosis and Duchenne muscular dystrophy. Donations to CTF Racing4Research can be made directly at www.Racing4Research.org.

The unique CTF Racing4Research program is on track for a record $1 million in donations this year through a busy and diverse racing program but Wednesday’s event is among the first off-track fundraisers. Courageous youngsters with NF have been nicknamed “NF Heroes” for their generally tireless efforts in fighting the disorder.

Eversley joined fellow professional driver Justin Bell, and co-drivers Daniel Graeff and Ron Yarab, behind the wheel of the No. 4 eBay Motors/eBay Mobile/Quicken Loans/Racing4Research.org Porsche GT3 at January's season-opening GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series Rolex 24 at Daytona. That effort alone raised $700,000 for the Racing4Research cause. An Atlanta-area resident, Eversley also ran the full GRAND-AM Continental Tire Challenge Series season for CTF/R4R year with top Honda team Compass 360 Racing.

While donations are encouraged, the Checkered Flag event is free and open to the public. Guests will have the opportunity to talk with Eversley and other professional drivers, get autographs, take pictures and participate in an auction and other fundraisers. Race cars will be on display and the night also includes an inflatable jumping house for kids, live music, refreshments and other activities. Auction items include race gear and autographed items as well as original pieces of art from local artists.

Among the featured auction items is an autographed script from the 100th episode of the popular television drama Criminal Minds and some related autographed photos. Another popular item will be a framed and autographed photo collage of popular actor and race car driver Patrick Dempsey from his third-place finish with his co-drivers in the 2011 Rolex 24.

Later at this week’s ALMS Petit Le Mans season-ending race, Eversley and some of his colleagues at CTF/R4R will play host to a dozen “NF Heroes” and their families at Road Atlanta. Tickets for the day at the track were donated by International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) and ALMS officials who are also actively supporting tomorrow night’s event.

Donations to CTF Racing4Research can be made directly at www.Racing4Research.org.

About the Children's Tumor Foundation and Racing4Research: Developed by the Children’s Tumor Foundation, the “Fuel the Cure” and Racing4Research (R4R) programs utilize competitive, professional auto racing as a vehicle to increase awareness of neurofibromatosis and raise funds for research through corporate sponsorship, personal donations, and individual fundraising by NF Heroes: children and adults from around the country who live with neurofibromatosis. NF affects one in every 3,000 children, more than cystic fibrosis, Duchenne muscular dystrophy and Huntington’s disease combined, and can lead to a wide variety of complications, including blindness, bone abnormalities, cancer, deafness, disfigurement, learning disabilities and excruciating and disabling pain. The Racing4Research program offers children and families living with the disorder a uniquely empowering weekend, and has raised over $2 million dollars since its inception five years ago. Donations can be made at www.Racing4Research.org.

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