Rochester anesthesiologist hits the road for charity
One Lap of America driver raises money for Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network
Friday, May 09, 2003
Each spring, Stuart B. Sacks, M.D., takes one week off to drive. And drive. And drive some more.
For the fifth consecutive year, the anesthesiologist will travel approximately 5,200 miles May 3-11 to raise money for the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network during the Cannonball One Lap of America, an annual cross-country road race sponsored this year by Car & Driver magazine, Pirelli Tires and High Falls Brewery. He will drive with David High.
Since 1998, the Pittsford resident has raised more than $20,000 for the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network, the organ procurement organization associated 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. Additionally, more than 200 bike helmets have been given out at safety fairs and the organization is developing a cancer screening component for its public education initiative.
During the one-week event, participants do up to four time-trial races each day at designated tracks such as Watkins Glen and Michigan International Speedway, then travel on average 800 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, Canada and even Switzerland.
This year the event begins May 3 at the High Falls District in Rochester and will take drivers to race tracks in Indiana, Oklahoma, Colorado, New Mexico, Texas, Georgia and West Virginia. They finish in Western New York on May 11 at Lancaster Speedway.
Sacks enters the race each year because he loves driving and has a strong desire to raise funds for an organization he says makes a significant impact on Upstate New York.
"We are very fortunate to have this organization to communicate with and comfort people in their most difficult times, and to give many a second chance at life," Sacks says.
He was the first person to raise funds for an organ procurement organization through the One Lap of America competition. About 20 percent of participants drive for charity. Sacks is sponsored by numerous local businesses, including John Holtz BMW, Soundworks, Infinite Audio, Mundo Grill, Eksten Autoworks, and McAllister Sign and Imprint.
Sacks' efforts are truly appreciated by the Finger Lakes Donor Recovery Network.
"Stu's contributions have a significant impact on the work we do," says executive director Bill Morris. "His generosity is valued. He is an incredible friend to our organization."
For information about the fund-raiser, contact Bill Morris at (585) 272-4930, or Stuart Sacks at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sacks is an anesthesiologist at Park Ridge Hospital.