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Penguin Group Donating to Marrow Program

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (July 31, 2003) – Penguin Group USA, the world’s second-largest publishing company, will give a special gift of $12,500 to The Hendrick Marrow Program during a ceremony on Aug. 7 in Binghamton, N.Y.

Led by Don Cox, a former spotter for the NASCAR Winston Cup Series team of four-time champion Jeff Gordon, fundraising efforts began in earnest nearly one year ago with auctions and holiday sales.

Cox, Penguin’s director of engineering services, became involved after being invited to the Victory Junction Gang’s annual “Ride Across America” by Randy Dorton, Hendrick Motorsports’ engine director, and his wife, Dianne. It was then that he also learned of The Hendrick Marrow Program, which was founded by NASCAR team owner Rick Hendrick in 1997 after he was diagnosed with leukemia.

“We cannot thank Don enough for his incredible efforts,” said Scottie Lindsay, director of The Hendrick Marrow Program. “And we’re so appreciative of Randy and Dianne for being such wonderful advocates of the program. Everyone involved has such a big heart.

“This will help dramatically in our mission to raise matching funds for marrow drives anywhere in the country and assist with the cost for uninsured patients going through a marrow or stem-cell transplant.”

Penguin Group, which warehouses more than 90 million books, has a track record of successful fundraising and charitable contributions. In 2002, the company gave $50,000 to the American Cancer Society and, over the years, has raised thousands for other worthy causes.

The Hendrick Marrow Program was founded in partnership with The Marrow Foundation and the National Marrow Donor Program. Their mission is to raise funds to pay the cost of tissue typing, while recruiting volunteer donors and providing financial assistance to those undergoing a marrow transplant. The endeavor also saves lives by educating the public about the need for marrow donors.

Since 1997, The Hendrick Marrow Program has sponsored more than 500 marrow drives and added a potential 50,000 donors to the NMDP Registry. The patient assistance program has awarded more than $400,000 to many in the transplant process in order to defray food and housing costs.

For more information on The Hendrick Marrow Program, visit its Web site at www.hendrickmarrow.com.

The Hendrick Marrow Programs of The Marrow Foundation is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.

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