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Speediatrics Fun Day Festival
In conjunction with Phoenix Raceway and the Tolleson Community Coalition, The NASCAR Foundation hosted a Speediatrics-themed Fun Day on Thursday to celebrate efforts to provide medical care for uninsured and underinsured children in the Tolleson community.
Special emphasis was placed on promoting a healthy lifestyle for youth including smart eating habits, staying active and regular preventative health care. NASCAR Drive for Diversity Driver Jesse Iwuji and The NASCAR Foundation mascot, “Chase,” helped lead children in activities such as Goodyear tire races, three-legged races and sponge relay races.
Iwuji also shared how they prepare for competition by exercising regularly and adhering to a well-balanced diet. Iwuji explained to the group, “Staying in shape and eating right is not only for looks, it’s to keep your overall health in check. Physical fitness routines not only build your shape, but it can help build character.” Read more about the Festival.
Lifestyle programs such as summer camp experiences that are funded by the Speediatrics Children's Fund offers opportunities for children to thrive and go full speed ahead in leading a happier, healthier life. Victory Junction enriches the lives of children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses by providing life-changing camp experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering; all in a medically-safe environment at no cost to the camper or their family.
When describing how important the camp experience is to her son Colton, Andrea says, "I think it is really the only opportunity he's had to go and be independent and try himself out as being a kid who doesn't have to explain himself and the background that brought him to camp. Everybody just understands."
Colton has been diagnosed with a heart defect that has led to five surgeries, a pacemaker and over 200 hospital admissions so far in his short 12 years of life. Something that no parent or child should ever have to cope with.
And let's not forget the ripple effect on all members of the family. Colton’s mother, Andrea, points out the pretty difficult life they lead with doctors' appointments, on top of usual responsibilities, saying "to be able to go away for a weekend and think about nothing other than playing with one another, learning about each other and what makes us tick is a good opportunity."
Bringing Smiles to Children's Faces
The NASCAR Foundation partnered with Michael's Way, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of children with pediatric cancer and supporting their parents struggling under the financial strain of such a devastating diagnosis, to deliever Speedy Bears and Get Well Soon cards to the kids at Levine Children's Hospital in Charlotte, NC. These get well sooncards were written by the children who attended Bring Your Child to Work Day at the NASCAR offices in Charlotte. It is inspiring to see the messages given from one kid to another.