DEARBORN, Mich., April 29, 2014 — Ten children ages 6-12 from across the nation have reached the Top 10 in the “Our Everyday Heroes” Race Car Design Contest for JDRF, hosted by Ford Customer Service Division (FCSD) and its brands, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Tire and Auto Centers.
Those in the Top 10 amassed the most donations for type 1 diabetes (T1D) research in the first round of voting, which ended April 25. The winning design will be selected from these 10 finalists by FCSD, JDRF and Bob Tasca III, driver of the Motorcraft/Quick Lane Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car in the NHRA Mello Yello Series.
The winning designer will experience a trip of a lifetime, seeing the car that he or she designed race in the Mile High NHRA Nationals, part of the NHRA Mello Yello Series, in Denver, Colo., July 18-20, 2014, a professional drag race where the JDRF-themed Ford Shelby Mustang Funny Car, driven by Tasca will race at speeds faster than 300 mph.
The finalists, their age and hometown are:
Ashlynn Baker, 11, Little Rock, Ark.
Brayden Lackey, 7, Sacramento, Calif.
Kaci Borchgardt, 12, Austin, Tex.
Grace Bouda, 6, Wauwatosa, Wisc.
Will Davidson, 12, Atlanta, Ga.
Bailey Lackey, 7, Atlanta, Ga.
Carson Magee, 11, Spokane, Wash.
Thompson Moore, 9, Dallas, Tex.
Payton Webb, 10, San Antonio, Tex.
Maryn Winters, 7, Kansas City, Mo.
The contest started in March with more than 60 children ages 5-18 living with T1D from around the country raising money at www.FordRaceCar.jdrf.org. As voting continues in this final phase of the contest until June 6, 2014, the Top 10 will be paired with Ford dealers in their areas who will assist them with their fundraising efforts.
Every child who entered raised money for JDRF by asking their friends and family to “vote” with donations. The money raised will help to continue JDRF’s efforts to turn Type One into Type None through the support of research.
“We started with 65 child designers and now we’re pleased to unveil the Top 10 design finalists,” said Mary Lou Quesnell, director of marketing for Ford Customer Service Division. “Each entrant has done an outstanding job helping to raise more than $45,000 for T1D research in the first phase of the competition. We can’t wait to see the winning design in Denver, racing down the track at more than 300 mph.”
Last year’s winner, Blake Lillicraf, 13, of Trumbull, Conn., had the racing experience of a lifetime. The multiple-sport athlete had just been diagnosed with T1D the previous November.
T1D is an autoimmune disease in which the immune system attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas, rendering millions of Americans dependent on insulin injections and 24/7 vigilance to survive.
Ford Motor Company’s relationship with JDRF spans three decades. In 2008, Motorcraft and Quick Lane Racing joined the effort. In five years, the race car design contest has raised more than a quarter of a million dollars for JDRF, the world’s leading charitable funder of T1D research.
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JDRF is the leading global organization focused on type 1 diabetes (T1D) research. JDRF’s goal is to progressively remove the impact of T1D from people’s lives until we achieve a world without T1D. JDRF collaborates with a wide spectrum of partners and is the only organization with the scientific resources, regulatory influence and a working plan to bring life-changing therapies from the lab to the community. As the largest charitable supporter of T1D research, JDRF is currently sponsoring $530 million in charitable research in 17 countries. For more information, please visit www.jdrf.org.