By Ashley Reyes
Survivors and current pediatric cancer patients are helping to customize a special vehicle build heading to the 2021 SEMA Show.
As part of The Austin Hatcher Foundation (a SEMA Cares charity) STEM-based Industrial Arts Education/Therapy program, the “Keiki Cobra” Factory Five MK4 Roadster was funded in part by a grant from the Kawasaki Family Foundation and will be on display at the SEMA Show in the Wheel Vintiques Booth.
“Learning your child has cancer is devastating to a family in so many ways,” says Rose Kawasaki, Austin Hatcher board member. “The effect of chemotherapy on the child causes degeneration of cognitive and dexterity abilities, and the Industrial Arts Program is designed to help rebuild those abilities while also engaging the whole family in a fun and educational project. That is why the Kawasaki Family Foundation feels so blessed to be a part of this build.”
The vehicle name “Keiki Cobra” highlights the mission behind the build, as “Keiki” is the Hawaiian word for “child” and exemplifies the patients that will primarily be building it. Once the vehicle is completely assembled and ready for sale, it will be taken to auction in Spring 2022 to raise much-needed funds that allow the foundation to continue offering services at no cost to families.
Through supporting the work done by charities, such as The Austin Hatcher Foundation, SEMA Cares is able to improve the quality of life and make a positive impact beyond the automotive community. To learn more about the SEMA Cares mission or to make a donation, visit www.sema.org/sema-cares.