The NASCAR Foundation Spends Week Working at Speediatrics Children’s Care Facilities in Daytona Beach
The NASCAR Foundation was hard at work in Daytona Beach this week, providing their signature cosmetic touch-ups to children’s care units in the community, in the process altering atmospheres – and young patients’ mindsets.
This week at three facilities, staff members from the foundation were joined by 22 volunteers from Jeep Beach, NASCAR, ISC and the NASCAR Diversity Internship Program as they applied decidedly summer touches around walls, doors and windows.
Overall brightness is the over-arching theme with American flags – and of course, checkered flags – key design elements. That’s good timing, as NASCAR’s "red, white and blue celebration" known as the Coke Zero Sugar 400 is closing in, set for the night of July 6 at the "World Center of Racing.
"We think of this as making good things in our community even better for the children," The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director Nichole Krieger said.
"When you’re young, there’s nothing worse than having to go to the doctor or a hospital. That’s especially true during the summer. School’s out. You want to have fun. And while it’s pretty hard to have fun when you’re sick, we try to bring a smile to kids’ faces."
On Wednesday, The NASCAR Foundation visited Speediatrics, located on the sixth floor of Halifax Health. The renowned children’s unit has racing-themed décor designed by the late founder of The NASCAR Foundation, Betty Jane France.
The foundation returned to Halifax Health on Thursday, this time going to work in the pediatric emergency area. And on Friday, the brightness came to Keech Pediatric Neighborhood Care, a Halifax Health-operated facility that provides pediatric care with reduced fees or assistance services available to eligible patients.
"We really appreciate all the help in brightening up the space for our kids; it makes a big difference," said Amy Christie, nurse manager in Halifax Health’s pediatric department.
"We want to thank you for making our Peds ED (pediatric emergency department) look cheery," added Dr. Katarzyna Madejeczyk, the chairman of Halifax Health’s pediatric department.
This week’s visits were actually party of a year-round initiative by The NASCAR Foundation in Daytona Beach. Visits also take place in spring, fall and winter with season-specific décor pieces.
"You can never improve the ‘feel’ of a children’s care unit too much," Krieger said.
But that won’t stop us from trying.