Third Annual ‘Downtown Derby Bed Race’ Set For May 5, 2018 Presented By The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Advisory Council

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (February 13, 2018) - The T.J. Martell Foundation Young Professionals Advisory Council (YPAC) will present the third annual “Downtown Derby Bed Race” on May 5, 2018 with kickoff at 10 a.m. The event benefits cancer research and netted over $90,000 last year. Team registration is now open at

The “Downtown Derby Bed Race” is a competition in which teams build and decorate their own beds to race up 5th Avenue to Bridgestone Plaza all in support of cancer research. Teams that raise the most money can earn “head starts” on race day. Exciting prizes will be awarded to the winning team at a post-race ceremony at Bridgestone Plaza. Additional awards will be presented for “Best Decorated” and “Best in Spirit.” The "Shining Star" award will be presented to the individual who raises the most money through online fundraising.  

“As we head into our third year of the Bed Race, our excitement could not be higher,” YPAC co-chair Nick Garvin said. “In just a couple years, the Nashville community has helped us raise more than $150,000 for innovative cancer research. This year, we hope to surpass our goal and do it the only way we know how with fun, music and a little friendly competition.”

Sponsors include Bridgestone Arena, Dunkin’ Donuts, Jim ‘n Nicks BBQ and Huskins-Harris Business Management. For more information on how to donate to a team or get involved, visit

About the T.J. Martell Foundation:

The T.J. Martell Foundation is the music industry’s leading foundation that funds innovative medical research focused on finding treatments and cures for cancer. The Foundation was founded in 1975 by music industry executive Tony Martell and his colleagues in loving memory of his son T.J., who died of leukemia. The Foundation has provided more than $280 million for research at eight flagship hospitals in the United States. For more information, please visit