MRN Visits Speediatrics

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MRN visited Speediatrics at the Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach on Monday.

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DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. Announcers and staff from the Motor Racing Network helped celebrate the fifth anniversary of the NASCAR Foundation with a trip to visit patients at Speediatrics, the inpatient pediatrics unit at Halifax Health Medical Center in Daytona Beach.

MRN not only had the chance to tour the state-of-the-art facility, but more importantly had the opportunity to talk with some of the patients along with distributing NASCAR Foundation Teddy Bears and Valentines Day gift bags.

The newly renovated 36-bed unit, that recently celebrated its 10th anniversary, cares for more than 2,000 children annually. Last November, the NASCAR Foundation presented Speediatrics with a $150,000 donation to the unit.

Speediatrics was founded by Betty Jane France, wife of the late co-founder, chairman and CEO of NASCAR, William C. France.

To see photos from MRN’s visit click here.

Since 2006, The NASCAR Foundation and its supporters have been the heart of the NASCAR community, encouraging, facilitating and guiding philanthropic efforts. In five years, The NASCAR Foundation has awarded $11.5 million in charitable donations.

The effort of The NASCAR Foundation has served more than 600 charities, assisted in providing 20,000 children with medical treatment each year at Speediatrics’ hospital units in Daytona Beach and Miami, Fla., given more than 1,000 children the Victory Junction camping experience, and fulfilled 500 NASCAR Dreams by bringing youth to a race track for a once-in-a-lifetime NASCAR race experience.

The NASCAR Foundation is dedicated to raising funds and increasing volunteerism to support charities and charitable causes throughout the nation with an emphasis placed on initiatives that help children to live happier, healthier lives.

“Since the beginning, The NASCAR Foundation has been devoted to serving others and positively impacting the lives of those it reaches,” said Mike Helton, president of NASCAR and The NASCAR Foundation board member. “The number of people and organizations we have been able to support in only five years proves our dedication to the vision of Betty Jane France in establishing The NASCAR Foundation to improve the lives of others. As we look to the future, we are more committed than ever to uniting the sport in efforts to improve the lives of children in need.”

The support of NASCAR fans across the country has played a major role in the accomplishments of The Foundation. Fans can continue to engage with The NASCAR Foundation initiatives by making a contribution or by joining The NASCAR Foundation Volunteer Network. In 2011, the Volunteer Network will provide more opportunities than ever before to serve children in need in local communities across the United States.

NASCAR Day, to be celebrated on Friday, May 20, is an annual charitable celebration of the NASCAR spirit that enables the entire NASCAR community to join together to make a difference in the lives of children. On this day, fans, corporate partners, drivers, teams and tracks are encouraged to donate time through volunteer service.

Feel your heart race™ beginning Monday, February 14, by making a $10 donation to receive a limited-edition NASCAR Day pin at WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation, or at the Sprint Experience display at-track, beginning on Thursday, February 17. Proceeds will benefit Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions.
For more information, visit WWW.NASCAR.COM/foundation or www.facebook.com/NASCARFoundation.

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