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 […]
Racing For Kids kicked off the 2017 Verizon IndyCar Series with an exciting visit to Johns Hopkins All Children’s Hospital. The visit brought smiles and laughter to the faces of hospitalized children and was a most welcome diversion for hospital staff.
On Thursday, March 9 IndyCar champion and Indy 500 winner Ryan Hunter-Reay headlined a team of Andretti Autosport racers that included Indy Lights drivers Dalton Kellett and Ryan Norman visiting children at the hospital. The drivers were in town for the first IndyCar race – the Firestone Grand Prix of St. Petersburg. The dynamic group delighted the children, giving them hats and coloring books and entertaining them with stories from their racing careers.
As a bonus — Racing For Kids presented the hospital with a shiny new red wagon that has been specially outfitted with an IV pole for easily transporting bedridden children. The “Fregin Flyer” wagon is named after philanthropist Douglas Fregin, a major supporter of Racing For Kids, who is underwriting the special project.
Representatives from Humana and TranSystems also participated in the visit. Both companies are sponsors of the Racing For Kids Hospital Visit Program. This was the 12th year Racing For Kids has visited All Children’s in St. Pete. The first visit was in 2005.