The NASCAR Foundation was honored to host some very special guests who were patients from Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone Health in New York City – including 6-year-old Kaden and 9-year-old Michael and their families – for a chance to go behind the scenes of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race. The visit represents the culmination of Kaden and Michael's journey through recovery from a serious illness to being well enough to attend a NASCAR race.
Highlights from our day at the track – both families’ first NASCAR experience – included a special introduction during the driver and crew chief meeting, a meet and greet with NASCAR Camping World Truck Series Driver Grant Enfinger and an invitation to enjoy the race from the Pocono Raceway suite.
Also joining us was our 2016 Children’s Champion Award Recipient Dr. Howard Ginsburg, as well as Cristen Rigatti, a child life specialist whose position has been funded by The NASCAR Foundation as part of our multi-year $1 million partnership to enhance the child life program at Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital.
By hiring Cristen this summer, child life services are being expanded in the surgical and radiology/imaging areas within Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. This expanded coverage includes longer day and, for the first time, weekend hours, which will allow more patients to receive education prior to their surgeries and MRIs, play and activities during wait times, and support during recovery.
Because going to the doctor can be frightening for children and stressful for their parents, child life services are an important aspect of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital’s team approach to the highest quality care for children who enter its doors.
These efforts are all made possible through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund, which enhances the delivery of medical care and promotes a healthy lifestyle to children in need, enabling them to lead happier, healthier lives.