Racing For Kids kicked off the holiday season with two special visits one to Children’s Hospital of Michigan and the other to Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City. Both visits were Christmas gift “drop offs” to help brighten a hospital stay for many metro Detroit and Kansas City children. In the Detroit visit, a couple […]
“Kaylen Frederick and T.J. Fischer, two rising stars of the Mazda Road To Indy racing series, entertained more than 40 young patients and their family members Thursday at Golisano Children’s Hospital at the University of Rochester.
Sarah Baker said her son, Sean, is a great racing fan and he was thrilled to meet the two drivers.
“He loved this visit,” Baker said. “He watches all sorts of races on television, from race cars to tractor pulls.”
Frederick and Fischer were at the hospital as part of the Racing for Kids program. The non-profit organization conducts dozens of driver visits every year to children’s hospitals in North America. Frederick races for Team Pelfrey in the U.S. Formula 2000 series. Fischer is also a member of Team Pelfrey and races in the Pro-Mazda series.
The duo will be racing this weekend at the Watkins Glen International race track.
The drivers spent two hours visiting with patients and their families throughout the hospital. They gave the children signed Racing for Kids hats, personal racing cards, auto racing-themed coloring books, and crayons before chatting about their racing circuits. Their racing challenges and even how fast they drive. Both drivers said they were thrilled to visit the children.
“It’s great to be a part of this event,” said Frederick. “I like hanging out with the kids and seeing the excitement in their faces.”
Fischer said it was an honor to be connected with Racing for Kids and he hoped to attend more events.
“It was great to meet the kids and their families,” he said. “It really makes you grateful to be part of what we’re doing here.”