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Raising $500,000 for Alzheimer's Research
The Fifty Plus Racing Foundation raises money to support research to fight Alzheimer's Disease and to support the families of people who are living with Alzheimer's Disease. The Fifty Plus Racing team competes on the IMSA racing circuit to raise awareness of Alzheimer's Disease and to encourage others to contribute to the Fifty Plus Racing Foundation.
In January we raced for the fourth consecutive year at the Rolex 24 At Daytona on January 24-25, 2015 at the Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. We came in 8th in the Prototype Class.
This year's team includes Byron DeFoor, Jim Pace, David Hinton, Dorsey Schroeder, and Thomas Gruber. Though not able to race while AC/DC is on tour with the release of his new album, Rock or Bust, Brian Johnson and his wife Brenda Johnson are both race car drivers, and race car fans and lead the Highway to Help Foundation campaign for Fifty Plus Racing, Inc.
Brian Johnson has partnered with Fifty Plus Racing team founder, Byron DeFoor of Chattanooga, Tennessee for several years. DeFoor, a Monterey Can AM winner and noted vintage racer, started Fifty Plus Racing with a group of dedicated racers -- all over the age of fifty. They debued with Brian Johnson at Rolex 24 At Daytona in 2012 at Daytona International Speedway.
The fund-raising campaign launched with an Endures for an Alzheimer's Cure Benefit dinner on November 21, 2014 at the Embassy Suites, Waterside in Chattanooga.
The initial effort netted $100,000 for the Foundation for Neurological Research. Dr. Justin Boyd, keynote speaker, was awarded the check supporting Alzheimer's Disease research. Dr. Boyd, a native of Chattanooga, is an Associate Research Associate at Brigham and Women's Hospital and a research fellow at Harvard Medical School of Harvard University.
In February 2015 Dr. Boyd was in conversation with Mike Roberts of Grace Healthcare on progress he has made due to the contribution made by the Fifty Plus Racing Foundation.
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive, degenerative illness that attacks brain cells and results in a loss of memory, thinking, and language skills. Currently, over 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease and millions more are faced with the financial and emotional challenges of caring for an ailing loved one.
The Rolex 24 is an endurance race and so is the fight to cure Alzheimer’s Disease. The mission of Fifty Plus Racing, Endures for a Cure, is to raise money to find a cure for this disease that undermines the well being of millions.
Fifty Plus Racing, Inc.
801 Broad Street, Suite 200
Chattanooga, TN 37402