A Thankful Ledoux

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. - As we take time today to reflect on what we give thanks for - Bruce Ledoux, a 39-year-old Southborough, Mass., native who will run in the Rolex 24 At Daytona for the first time in January - has many thanks to give.

Ledoux's five-year-old son Colin, who is in kindergarten, was born with an unbalanced chromosomal translocation. This occurs when two of the chromosomes break off during formation and are reattached in other, unbalanced positions. It leaves Colin with too much of one chromosome and not enough of another. As a result, Colin suffers cognitive growth with speech, dexterity and general function delays. Through it all however, the Ledoux's have been thankful for the extraordinary care they've received from Children's Hospital in Boston.

"We have seen many doctors and have been through many departments from endocrinology, genetics, metabolism, allergy and immunology, dentistry and radiology. Children's Hospital Boston makes a great team, they've become my son's pit crew," Ledoux said.

Starting last month, Ledoux and the Guardian Angel Motorsports team - which also consists of Steve Zadig, Dan Watkins and Dave Quinlan - began raising money to benefit Children's Hospital Boston.

To raise awareness to the cause, Ledoux and team will be running the Rolex 24. The goal is to raise $750,000 for Children's Hospital Boston, so far they've raised nearly $30,000. To make it easy for donors Ledoux says they're asking for a contribution of one dollar a lap. "The more practice and race laps we complete, the more money raised for a great cause," Ledoux added.

One of the fund raising programs Ledoux said they are working on include a celebrity go-kart event at TRG teammate RJ Valentine's F1 Racing facility in Boston. Ledoux said he believes the one-hour go-kart celebrity event, which has already attracted the interest of TRG driver Andy Lally, will occur sometime in mid-January leading up to the Rolex 24.

In addition they've received support from Aerosmith drummer, Joey Kramer, who offered to be a celebrity judge at a Rock Band/Guitar Hero battle fundraiser.

"It's a really happy time for us and we'd like to say thank you to the community for its support," said Ledoux. "We need to celebrate the human element of life and most, most, most importantly, continue to give to those who need so desperately."

To donate money click thru to Children's Hospital. To learn more about the cause, visit www.guardianangelmotorsports.com.

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