Two New Racing For Kids Drivers Make their First Visit to UAB Medical Center in Alabama
Racing for Kids (RFK) welcomed two new drivers to the ranks of racers who donate their time to visit sick kids, during a visit March 29, 2012 to the Women and Infant Center, Children’s Hospital at University of Alabama at Birmingham Medical Center.
Katherine Legge, a native of England, a driver for Dragon Racing in the IZOD IndyCar Series, and Sebastian Saavedra of Bogota, Columbia and member of the Andretti Autosport Team in the Indy Lights and Indy Series, visited with some 50 youngsters during the event, drawing rave reviews from Child Life Specialist Jane Love.
“You know, there are some celebrities who come to visit the kids and they are not comfortable with being around sick kids, and it shows and the kids can sense it,” Love said, giving both drivers high marks for their inaugural RFK visit. “Katherine and Sebastian were so at ease, so nice and sociable; our kids loved the visit and were very comfortable.”
Legge, who has built her racing resume with successful campaigns in the DTM, a European touring car series, plus three victories in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and Saavedra, signed autographs for the Alabama Hospital patients, handed out Racing for Kids hats, coloring books and posed for pictures with the Lotus Racing for Kids show car parked outside the hospital.
As the youngsters were moved into the hospital to continue their visit, one of the Child Life Staff members motioned to a friendly young man about 6 years old, Mitchell, who has been at the hospital awaiting a heart transplant.
“This is your day, Mitchell,” she said, smiling at the young patient.
“Yes it is and I like it, “ he responded from his wheel chair beaming over his autographed RFK cap and coloring book and hero cards from the drivers.
Mitchell, who will be moving to Seattle, Washington with his mother also provided real life truth to the saying “it is a small world.”
Mitchell’s Dad, a helicopter pilot in the US Army, is being transferred to Camp Humphries Military Base in South Korea, the same base that Racing for Kids media relations director Ron Hingst of Detroit, served in 1968-69 also with the Army.
It is a small world, and a good world with nice youngsters like Mitchell, and drivers Katherine Legge and Sebastian Saavedra.