The long awaited return of Racing For Kids to the Hill was all the more thrilling and enjoyable this year because of all the obstacles that needed to be overcome to bring it back for its 15th year! Uncertainty over the pandemic, a fire in our building the week before – we had a lot […]
Dalton Kellett left Akron Children’s Hospital late Thursday Morning with at least 75 new fans among the young patients, their siblings, and parents that he encountered during a 90 minute pit stop at the highly regarded Northern Ohio pediatric facility.
His Racing For Kids® visit was a gala affair with the ABC Supply IndyCar showcar at the hospital entrance, Firestone Racing executives assisting in the visit, and a plethora of racing gear and memorabilia which was distributed to each child.
Kellett, who races for Andretti Autosport in the Indy Lights Series, made bed-to-bed visits on several hospital floors, personally autographing his hero cards and Racing For Kids hats while telling his young audience about life in the Fast Lane at speeds in excess of 200 miles per hour.
Smiles and laughter abounded as the talented Canadian driver brought a host of smiles and intermittent laughter to halls of the prominent pediatric facility, which was one of the first stops for Racing For Kids in 1990.
“What a great group of kids,” said Kellett, “I have made four Racing For Kids’ hospital visits. I am always impressed by how tough and optimistic these kids are as they fight to recover. I always tell them ‘you got to cheer for car number 28.”
The Firestone contingent at Akron Children’s Hospital was led by Cara Adams, Chief Engineer, Bridgestone Americas Motorsports and Manager of Race Tire Development.
Also assisting Kellett were Carolun Guion and Meghan Rankey of TranSystems, Inc., a long time Racing For Kids sponsor.