‘Kids Racing for a Cure’ soap box derby to take downtown Huntsville streets in the name of cancer research

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HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (WHNT) - Local nonprofit Kids Racing for a Cure has partnered with the Huntsville Center of Technology to raise awareness and money for childhood cancer research. They plan to accomplish this with student-crafted soap box cars that will take to the downtown Huntsville streets and give young patients the thrill of a lifetime.

"Sat down and they actually kinda drew this out on a napkin in the teacher's lounge one morning before school started over a cup of coffee."

Jimmy Roberts with Huntsville Center of Technology explains 4 instructors came together with students to design custom racers for a soap box derby to end all derbies.

"The machine shop built the parts after we designed it and then the welding shop welded them together and then the cars were sent over to the automotive technology room where they installed the steering wheels and the brakes and everything to do with controlling the car," says Roberts.

Technology Center students will man the vehicles. Their passengers? Children with terminal illnesses. The idea for the race, 2 years in the making, is to benefit a great cause while providing patients plenty of fun.

"Because whether they're in a wheelchair, or they might not be sighted; they might have some type of disability which would lend to them, not ever in their mind, thinking that they can do anything like this -- but, they can -- and that's what this race is all about," says race organizer Barbra Hubler.

The race also needs more sponsorships, so you can help kids have a blast during their fall break.

Kids Racing for a Cure Soap Box Derby Race is set for October 4th on Fountain Circle in downtown Huntsville. Registration is a 12:30 p.m. with race time at 1:15 – 4:00 p.m. Ages 8-12 are welcome to participate.  The event will include food, prizes, and games.

Proceeds will be donated to St. Jude Children’s Hospital/Huntsville.    To help or for more information contact Barbra Hubler at 256-604-8799 or at barbra.averbushrealtor@gmail.com.