Hamlin, a Richmond local boy, was pleased to make the donation to a nearby institution: "VCU is one of the country's leading research centers for CF, and it is right here in our own backyard," Hamlin said. "I am honored to support such an outstanding organization with people who are making a difference in the world."
The donation will be spaced out over the course of the next three years. There is no known cure for cystic fibrosis, a genetic disease that affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States, but research has doubled the life expectancy of children diagnosed with the disease. The overall median age of survival now stands at 38.
Hamlin, who has a cousin with the disease, has donated money from his race winnings to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation since he was racing go-karts as a child. His upcoming Denny Hamlin Short Track Showdown, scheduled for April 26, will pit local drivers against NASCAR drivers, and proceeds from the race will go to the hospital and other charities.
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