Inverness resident joins race to fight childhood cancer

Fuller Goldsmith and Sean Fredella.

The most important pair of hands on the Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama racetrack will not be Clint Guthrie’s hands holding the steering wheel. Instead, the children’s handprints adorning the Porsche he drives for Racing for Children will be a focus of the event.

The handprints, which support patients of Children’s of Alabama, are a reminder that ZOOM Motorsports has named Children’s of Alabama as its charitable partner for this year’s race.

“We want to use the race as a platform to raise awareness and money for Children’s mission,” said Rick Humphrey, vice president of ZOOM Motorsports.

Guthrie, a Loan Officer with Assurance Financial, lives in Inverness, will drive the car along with Daniel Orr of Florida.

This will not be Guthrie’s first time behind the wheel. With more than 10 years of driving experience, Guthrie also participated in last year’s race to benefit Children’s.

This year’s race will honor Children’s patients, Sean Fredella and Fuller Goldsmith. Both have been named honorary crew chiefs of the Racing for Children’s car.

Mountain Brook resident Sean Fredella, 11, has battled cancer three times since his first diagnosis at age 2. Sean is currently receiving treatment at MD Anderson in Houston, Texas, for a rare adult tumor, but returns to Children’s for check-ups with his local medical family.

Fuller Goldsmith, 8, was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia in April 2007. The Tuscaloosa resident currently receives treatment at The Alabama Center for Childhood Cancer and Blood Disorders at Children’s.

To help in the fight against childhood cancer, you can purchase a handprint or attend the Racing for Children’s Charity Dinner Presented by IBERIABANK. To support Children’s of Alabama by purchasing a handprint, visit www.RacingforChildrens.org.

The Honda Indy Grand Prix of Alabama will be Mar. 30 – Apr. 1 at Barber Motorsports Park.

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