On Saturday at AutoNation Tempe in Arizona, guests learned about AutoNation's commitment to defeat cancer.

Waymo self-driving vehicles were available for rides, and during the AutoNation customer appreciation event, residents and children who are current or former cancer patients at Phoenix Children’s Hospital and their families were among the first to ride in Waymo's fully self-driving vehicles.

And at the event as part of its DRV PNK Initiative, AutoNation presented a $10,000 check to Phoenix Children’s Hospital.

For every Waymo rider who has participated in the early rider program that tests early features, AutoNation is contributing $10.

“We are excited to celebrate our partnership with Waymo, in addition to donating $10,000 to the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” AutoNation chief executive officer and president Cheryl Miller said in a news release.  

Miller said that through its DRV PNK Initiative, AutoNation has raised more than $20 million to fund cancer-related charities.

In another example of its commitment of charitable resources toward cancer research, early detection and prevention, AutoNation’s 26,000 associates on Oct. 15 commemorated Breast Cancer Awareness Month by participating in the company’s “DRV PNK Across America Day.”

At that event, associates from coast to coast in all 18 markets assembled and delivered gift bags. Those gift bags contained items designed to bring comfort to children and adults undergoing cancer treatment.

The Saturday event also included food trucks and DRV PNK giveaways. Attendees saw an AutoGear vehicle display and received a discounted Precision Care powered by Clorox Total 360 treatment.