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Rochester Anesthesiologist Races for Charity

Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America driverraises money for Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network

Thursday, April 24, 2003

Stu Sacks, M.D., will drive through 16 states one week in May, not to see the sights but to raise money for a local nonprofit organization.

For the sixth consecutive year, the anesthesiologist will travel approximately 4,200 miles May 3-10 to raise funds for the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network during the 2003 Tire Rack Cannonball One Lap of America, an annual cross-country driving event with racing done at tracks along the way. It is sponsored this year by Car & Driver magazine and Tire Rack. Sacks will drive with Drs. David High and Pearce Sloan.

Since 1998, the Pittsford resident has raised $30,000 for the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the organ procurement organization affiliated with the University of Rochester that serves the Finger Lakes region and central and northern New York. Donations are used for organ donor family after-care support and community education.

During the one-week event, participants do up to four time-trial races each day at designated tracks such as Watkins Glen and Memphis Motorsports Park, then travel on average 600 miles each night in their cars to the next site in anticipation of the following day’s competition. Drivers hail from across the United States and Canada.

This year the event begins May 3 in Painted Post, N.Y., and will take drivers to racetracks in New York, Indiana, Wisconsin, Oklahoma, Tennessee, South Carolina and Pennsylvania. They finish in Painted Post on May 10.

Sacks participates each year because he loves driving and has a desire to raise funds for an organization he believes makes a significant impact on upstate New York.

"This organization is an asset for people from Rochester to Syracuse to Watertown," Sacks says. "It assists with organ transplantation, allowing sick patients to get a second chance at life, and also supports the families of loved ones who have died, families that decide to make something positive out of a tragic situation."

Sacks was the first person to raise funds for an organ procurement organization through the One Lap of America competition. More than 20 percent of participants drive for charity. Sacks is sponsored by numerous local businesses, including Van Bortel Subaru, West Side Anesthesia Association of Rochester, Metro Footcare Associates, Brio Mediterranean Bistro, Mundo Grill, Pfizer, Eksten Autoworks and the Del Monte Lodge. Other sponsors include BMP Design, Supersprint, H&R Suspension, BBS Wheels and Organon.

Sacks’ efforts are appreciated by the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.

"His contributions make a real difference in the work we do," says executive director Robyn Kaufman. "Our organization values his generosity and friendship."

For information about the fund-raiser, contact Sue Cimbalo of the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network at (585) 455-5762, or Stu Sacks at

Sacks is an anesthesiologist at Park Ridge Hospital.

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