Houff and his family have an intimate connection with the institute as his mother, Kate Houff, is a two-time cancer survivor.
“This time last year, my mom went to a local hospital and was diagnosed with cancer for the second time,” explained Houff. “We were told that this something she couldn’t beat and would have to live with. That was a really low point for us, so we went to Duke for a second opinion and they said it was beatable, which was such a turnaround from what we had been told. Duke put her on an aggressive treatment plan, which started with six months of chemo and then six weeks of radiation, and it worked. The treatments did exactly what we had hoped for. She just went back to Duke recently for a checkup and is considered cancer free. At the same time though, my grandma on my dad’s side is also fighting cancer and we will continue to support her through her fight.”
“Last year we had the hashtag but I wanted to do something more this year,” said Houff. “The partnership with Duke came about and so we decided to freshen it up. We worked with our designer from last year who used “Duke Blue” and came up with a couple options and went from there.”
While Houff does not have a specific monetary goal in mind that he wants to obtain, he is excited for the impact the partnership will bring as he races across the country in 2016. He will personally be involved in the benefit by donating 50 percent of his winnings to Duke for any Top-10 finishes he secures throughout the season.
“I really like to do whatever I can with my racing career to give back to the community,” Houff stated. “Cancer is very common and directly affects a lot of people. If we can use this platform to give other people the hope that we received last year, that would be huge. I don’t have any other goal than representing the partnership well. Any and every donation would be great. I just want to show people what Duke has done for us and give them that hope as well.”
While he will personally promote this cause throughout the 2016 race season, Houff and his team are actively seeking sponsorship opportunities.
“We are still actively seeking sponsors for the year,” said Houff. “Sponsorships are what keep the race program and possibilities like this partnership happening. We’d love to incorporate sponsors into our www.beatincancerwithduke.org race car.”
To learn more about Houff and his Duke benefit, visit www.beatincancerwithduke.org or his Quin Houff Motorsports Facebook page. Houff can also be followed on Twitter at @P1_Houff.
Sources: Kayla Darrow/Zerolight Communications
About Quin Houff
Quin Houff began his racing career at age eight when he competed in Go Karts and Mini-Cup cars. He won over 20 races before moving on to Limited Late Models at age 13. After winning multiple honors and championships at his home track of Motor Mile Speedway, Houff joined the LFR Driver Development Group in 2015 in the Super Late Model division. During that year, he scored one win at Tri-County Motor Speedway in the Cars Tour Super Late Model division and multiple Top-5 and Top-10 finishes. He also finished fourth in the series’ standings. 2016 will mark his second year racing for the LFR Driver Development Group.