In the midst of the excitement surrounding Daytona Speedweeks, The NASCAR Foundation has the pleasure of bringing a little taste of NASCAR to pediatric patients at the Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Health Medical Center through arranging special guest visitors. One of those special guests was Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series driver Darrell “Bubba” Wallace, Jr.
Since this was Bubba’s first visit to the unit, Nurse Manager Amy gave him before visiting the sick patients. Not only was Bubba greeted with our NASCAR-themed Speediatrics characters and décor, but the unit also had special touches of hearts and checkered flags provided by volunteers from the NASCAR and International Speedway Corporate headquarters in Daytona Beach who decorated the unit with hearts for Heart Month and with checkered flag décor to get the kids excited for the Daytona 500.
Bubba was able to spend some quality time with several sick children in the unit. “I love doing this stuff and visiting the kids. It’s something special that if anyone has the time, should set aside to do this, to give back,” said Bubba.
The children were excited to meet a real NASCAR driver and asked them a variety of questions about how fast stock cars go around the track. Not only did Bubba bring each child a Speedy Bear but he also delivered valentines, took pictures, and signed autographs for the kids and their parents.
“They all have idols and people they want to be like someday. I’d like to be that person,” said Bubba.
Other special guests at the Speediatrics Unit during Daytona Speedweeks were the United States Air Force Thunderbirds, Super Late Model driver Carter Stokes with Ben Kennedy Racing, and NASCAR Drive for Diversity drivers – Ruben Garcia Jr, Ernie Francis Jr, Chase Cabre, Nick Sanchez, Ryan Vargas and Isabella Robusto.
Check out Bubba’s visit to the Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Health Medical Center, featured as part of the Facebook Watch series highlighting his Daytona 500 debut here.