Sports Stars Russell Wilson and Kasey Kahne Team Up on the Second-Annual DRIVE Event, Benefiting Strong Against Cancer at Seattle Children’s Hospital
DRIVE returns to Suncadia Resort in Cle Elum, Wash. on June 29-30
SEATTLE/ CHARLOTTE, N.C. (March 17, 2015) — Seattle Seahawks Super Bowl quarterback Russell Wilson and NASCAR Sprint Cup Series driver Kasey Kahne have selected Seattle Children’s Hospital and the Strong Against Cancer initiative as this year’s beneficiary of The DRIVE, a private charity concert, auction and celebrity-amateur golf event scheduled for June 29-30 in Cle Elum, Wash. Together, they will raise awareness and valuable funds for research that supports immunotherapy – a medical treatment that harnesses the power of a child’s immune cells to fight cancer. This breakthrough treatment is giving hope to thousands of young people all over the world battling cancer who are in need of a cure. Kahne will be at Seattle Children’s today to support the initiative and visit with patients.
“I’m so glad that I can be involved and make an impact in supporting the fight against pediatric cancer,” said Kahne, who was born and raised in Enumclaw, Wash. “Russell has done a tremendous job already in the Strong Against Cancer initiative with Seattle Children’s. I’m looking forward to teaming up with him and donating the proceeds from this year’s Drive event to support this important cause.”
Wilson and Kahne started The DRIVE event to give back to the Seattle community. In 2014, more than 350 guests attended the two-day fundraising event highlighted by a concert featuring Josh Kelly, Preston Pohl from “The Voice” and Spin Doctors lead singer Chris Barron. Over 150 golfers and 30 celebrities spent the next day with Wilson and Kahne on the Tumble Creek Course, resulting in $150,000 donated to Boys & Girls Clubs of King County.
The second-annual DRIVE event will again take place at Suncadia Resort for 2015. Preston Pohl returns and will serve as the musical host with many sports and entertainment celebrities committed to participate. The 2015 event is almost sold out with the support of many great sponsors, including major partners Farmers Insurance, Great Clips, Financial Advocates, NW Chevy, Virginia Mason and Alaska Airlines. It promises to be a remarkable event, giving Wilson and Kahne the opportunity to make an even bigger impact at Seattle Children’s and in the world of pediatric cancer.
About the Kasey Kahne Foundation
The Kasey Kahne Foundation is a 501(c) 3 committed to raising awareness and funds for charities supporting chronically ill children and their families. The KKF also strives to empower youth and inspire their future through education by donating to programs dedicated to fulfilling children’s needs for success. Since 2005, Kasey has dedicated countless hours by visiting with ill children, granting their wishes and speaking to groups of school aged children about the importance of education. To learn more about fundraising events and supporting the KKF, please visit www.kaseykahnefoundation.org.
About the Russell Wilson Why Not You Foundation
To empower change in the world one individual at a time. Why Not You? Why Not Us?
About Strong Against Cancer
Strong Against Cancer is a nationwide initiative inspired by the immunotherapy discoveries at the Ben Towne Center for Childhood Cancer Research at Seattle Children’s Research Institute. This initiative is a team effort on the part of hospitals, researchers, doctors, nurses, corporations, organizations and individuals. The captain of the team is Russell Wilson, quarterback of the Super Bowl champion Seattle Seahawks, who learned about immunotherapy during his regular visits to Seattle Children’s Hospital. Clinical trials for this therapy are now underway and are producing exceptional results in eliminating childhood leukemia. The aim of the Strong Against Cancer team is to create a national philanthropic initiative with worldwide implications for curing childhood cancers through these immunotherapy treatments. For more information or to make a donation, visit strongagainstcancer.org.