NYU Langone Medical Center
Located in New York City, NY
The NASCAR Foundation celebrated its $1 million multi-year partnership with NYU Langone Medical Center to benefit hospitalized children at the Honors Gala. Through this partnership, The NASCAR Foundation will enhance the Child Life Program at the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital of New York at NYU Langone. Through these efforts, the Child Life Program at NYU Langone Medical center will ease the anxiety of children and their families during their hospital stay, which is essential to recovery.
The NASCAR Foundation will support an enhanced child and family experience, fund two Child Life specialists, and provide resources, equipment and supplies to complement the wide-range of supportive and therapeutic activities currently offered at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at no charge to patients. This marks an expansion of The NASCAR Foundation’s commitment to supporting children with Child Life programming as part of its signature Speediatrics program, which has provided more than 500,000 children with state-of-the-art medical care.
In The New York Spotlight
NASCAR Chairman and CEO Brian France and his wife Amy were front and center at Hassenfeld Children's Hospital at NYU Langone on April 26, visiting with patients and taking in a race of a different kind -- the pinewood derby variety. Joe Gibbs Racing driver Matt Tifft joined the Frances, rolling up his sleeves and pitching in on building an entry into the pinewood derby -- No. 19, of course, to match his entry for Joe Gibbs Racing.
The event perhaps had special meaning for the 20-year-old Tifft, a member of the 2016-17 NASCAR Next class. Last year Tifft put his racing career -- and life -- on hold after doctors discovered a tumor on his brain. Successful surgery on July 1 removed the brain tumor, which was benign, as Tifft learned first-hand the importance of world-class care. The Frances and The NASCAR Foundation also were honored at the KiDS of NYU Langone Springfling Gala on April 27, 2017 for their tireless commitment in improving the lives of children. Read more about the visit.