Hot, hazing, and humid summer days mean no school and a summer full of fun and play. But not for everyone. Little ones like Elena who are battling the nasty disease of Leukemia are faced with doctors’ appointments and not a lot of summertime fun.
And that’s where The NASCAR Foundation, the Deltona Firefighters Local 2913 and the Deland Professional Firefighters came to the rescue. Together we worked to bring a backyard playset and summer fun right to Elena and her brother Roman.
When Elena and Roman returned from an outing to Daytona International Speedway to the surprise of a new playset in their backyard the look on their faces was priceless. They LOVED the new playset and the ability to play without fear of germs, and sickness from other kids.
Firefighters are no strangers to helping people. This was true yesterday. Many of our volunteers had just come off a 24-hour shift and jumped at yet another opportunity to help Elena. And the look on these firefighter’s faces was heartwarming as they watched Elena run to her new playset and jump right on a swing they had just assembled.
As a firefighter is often known to save the day, I was so grateful for their help. Because to be honest, my building skills leave much to be desired. The 3 hours it took the firefighters to assemble the playset would surely have taken 10 hours otherwise.
Building hope and FUN for kids in need is what The NASCAR Foundation is all about. And that’s why, in celebration of our 15 years of giving, we are teaming up with local partners in our racing communities to build 15 playsets to bring back the power of play to children battling cancer.
I hope you will follow along in the weeks ahead as we continue these efforts in our racing communities! The smiles and jubilation you will experience will truly be worth it.