Cover photo by Juan Pulido
Despite a steady drizzle of rain, some 125 sick kids from the Ambulatory Care Center of Children’s Medical Center in Dallas, lined up to meet Indy Racing Car Driver Charlie Kimball, who visited the hospital on behalf of Racing for Kids on Thursday, June 7, 2012.
“This is fun,” quipped Sheila Long, a member of the Hospital’s Development Office, as she watched child after child meet with Kimball to receive a Racing for Kids Cap and coloring book.
Kimball, who himself suffers from Type One Diabetes, spoke with each youngster, posed for pictures and boosted kids in and out of the Racing for Kids Show Car as proud parents snapped photos.
A number of torrential rain and thunderstorms were hitting the Dallas area, but the inclimate weather did not deter the smiles from the youngsters on hand for the visit.
Long time Racing for Kids supporter and Texas businessman Matt Ache also was on hand to present a check for $2,000 to the Michigan based non-profit which uses the popularity of motorsports to visit sick kids and raise money for children’s healthcare institutions. Ache is president of iRex Group, Ltd., a technology firm.
Dallas Children’s Hospital Child Life Specialist Barbara Yu said she decided to move the Racing for Kids visit to just outside the entrance to the facility, and the location worked like a charm as youngsters and their parents lined up to meet the affable Kimball.
Kimball, who drives for the Ganassi Racing Team, finished fourth in the recent Indianapolis 500 on Memorial Day Weekend.
“These visits with the sick kids are always fun,” he said.
Racing for Kids next Children’s Hospital visit will take place in Milwaukee, where the non-profit has been designated as the “Official Charity for the IZOD Indy Racing Series Race” there in June.