First Viper to be auctioned off for pediatric cancer charity

Cancer sucks. And pediatric cancer sucks the worst. Without hesitation, we would trade all the exotic cars in the world for a cure.

But you know what doesn't suck? The new Viper. So it's pretty cool that Chrysler will auction off the first one to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation For Pediatric Cancer. The organization, based in Chattanooga, TN, is an official charity of the American Le Mans Series, which is presumably why it was picked. At the Viper reveal at New York, Chrysler also announced it would resume racing in the series.

So the first 2013 SRT Viper will cross the stage at Barrett-Jackson Orange County, which goes down June 22-24. It'll be interesting to see what it brings in, considering the first 2013 Chevrolet Corvette 427 convertible's $600,000 hammer price earlier this year at Barrett-Jackson Scottsdale.

And if you aren't deep-pocketed enough to get in on the Viper hunt, helping out the Hatcher Foundation doesn't require bidding – you can make a donation at the organization's website.

Click past the jump for the full press release.
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Chattanooga, TN (April 5): April 4, Press Day for the New York International Auto Show, SRT revealed the long awaited and newly designed Viper. The all-new 2013 SRT Viper boasts nearly 660hp from its 8.4 liter V-10 power plant and has lines that rival any euro exotic. Along with the release of the new Viper, SRT announces the return of the Viper to the American Le Mans Series and international endurance racing. Through a partnership with the SRT brand the first production Viper will be auctioned at Barrett -Jackson Orange County to benefit the Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer, the American Le Mans Series official charity.

"We are thrilled that SRT has chosen us to be a part of this extraordinary opportunity," said Dr. Jim Osborn Co-founder of the Austin Hatcher Foundation. "We are tremendously excited to see the 2013 SRT Viper. It is an amazing vehicle. We are also very excited that the first production Viper be auctioned at Barrett- Jackson Orange County to benefit the many families faced with pediatric cancer. We just can't thank Mr. Gilles and his team enough."

The New York International Auto Show will take place April 6-15 in New York City. The Barrett- Jackson Auction-Orange County will take place June 22-24 in Orange County, California.

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The Austin Hatcher Foundation for Pediatric Cancer's mission is to erase the effects of pediatric cancer and optimize each child's quality of life through essential specialized intervention beginning at the time of diagnosis and continuing throughout survivorship. The Foundation provides services to children with cancer, as well as their families, in association with Pediatric Oncology centers and through the Foundation's cancer care center, Hatch's House of Hope. The Foundation provides all services at no cost to the families. Services are funded solely by the generous donations of supporters. For more information, visit

Hatch's House of Hope is a landmark pediatric cancer care center providing children and their families with the tools needed to cope and thrive at the onset of pediatric cancer, as well as the skills essential to live meaningful and productive lives as cancer survivors. The comprehensive services offered at no cost to families by Hatch's include: individual and group counseling, marital and family counseling, speech and occupational therapy, music and art therapy, cognitive skills remediation, academic coaching, financial counseling, and diversionary therapy events for family enrichment. Services are provided from diagnosis through treatment, during remission, and into adulthood. For more information, visit

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