FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE | April 29, 2009
Alzheimer’s-Inspired Racecar Debuts at Walter Mitty Challenge
NEW YORK, NY—After watching both of his grandmothers and then his mother bravely face Alzheimer’s disease, John Topping was raring to take action. Now, he and his son, Christopher, have turned their passion for sports car racing into a platform for Alzheimer’s disease and will be unveiling an Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) adorned racecar at the Walter Mitty Challenge in Braselton, GA on May 3.
The father-son racing team, co-owners of CT Motorsports, Inc., Commerce, GA, created the car as the centerpiece of their “Racing for Awareness” program aimed at generating awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.
Christopher, 32, has been involved in racing since he was 10 years old and is taking his hobby to the next level by competing with his own racecar in the Walter Mitty Challenge and then in other Sports Car Club of America (SCCA) events throughout the Southeast. John will be standing by as part of Christopher’s pit crew.
As the team travels from track to track, the black Mazda Miata itself will bring enormous visibility to the cause. Three months in the making, the racecar is imprinted with eye-catching decals centered around the “Racing for Awareness” theme and AFA’s logo. In addition, an AFA booth at the Challenge will be distributing educational materials.
“There are probably a lot of folks who have relatives that are affected and don’t have the information available, and we think this is a good place to get it out to the public,” John said. “If caregivers are taught educationally what needs to be done, it will help them and those receiving the care.”
John approached AFA about his idea this past February because of AFA’s caregiver-centered mission.
Eric J. Hall, AFA’s president and chief executive officer, said that AFA greatly appreciates the Toppings’ “compassionate response to those affected by Alzheimer’s disease and their caregivers.”
“Through Racing for Awareness, they have applied their talents in a truly innovative way, which will further our efforts to reach out to families in need of support,” he said.
The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America is a nonprofit organization based in New York City that focuses on providing optimal care to individuals with Alzheimer’s disease and related illnesses, and their families, and unites 950 member organizations nationwide that provide hands-on programs. AFA’s services include a toll-free hot line with counseling by licensed social workers, a free caregiver magazine, and National Memory Screening Day. For information, call 866-AFA-8484 or visit www.alzfdn.org.
Contact: Carol Steinberg