During the August race weekend at Michigan International Speedway, The NASCAR Foundation hosted our second annual Speediatrics Fun Day Festival in Michigan. As young race fans and children from the local area participated in the NASCAR-themed Festival, just 15 minutes North of the track, Camp Catch-a-Rainbow (CCAR) was wrapping up a fun-filled week of camp at YMCA Storer Camp.
For the past 34 summers, CCAR has offered camp experiences for children aged 4-17 who have been affected by a cancer diagnosis in their lifetime.
Along with traditional summer camp activities such as swimming, rock wall climbing, arts & crafts and horseback riding, campers also enjoy special programs including an afternoon carnival, DJ dance party and special guest visitors.
"Elias absolutely loves camp! It is his favorite week of the year," said one parent. "We love all the staff and counselors, and we are so thankful for having the chance to go to camp."
Elias was one of 103 children who participated in camp this year, including 87 who attended the full week-long overnight camp thanks to a grant provided through The NASCAR Foundation’s Speediatrics Children’s Fund.
"Camp Catch-A-Rainbow is offered for free to all of our participants due to the generosity of donors and partners," Camp Director Derek Bycraft said. "The support received from The NASCAR Foundation ensures we are able to serve an amazing group of children while providing memories and friendships which carry far beyond camp."
As an additional program for campers, CCAR will host its annual Family Camp in October, with campers and their families returning to participate in camp fall-themed activities.
Between the Festival and its support of CCAR, The NASCAR Foundation has impacted more than 200 children in Michigan so far in 2019, with Family Camp set to provide even more children with a weekend of camp memories.