This past weekend at ISM Raceway, Shane Lee sported a new blue-and-yellow paint scheme on the Richard Childress Racing No. 3 Chevrolet Camaro in the NASCAR Xfinity Series to help raise awareness for the Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma’s ‘Race to Give Day’ coming up on Tuesday, Nov. 13.
Pediatric trauma is the number one killer of kids in America, with almost 300,000 children hospitalized for serious injuries each year. Richard and Judy Childress opened the Childress Institute in 2008, hoping to reduce this number and educate families about how to prevent or treat pediatric trauma. The work of the Childress Institute has reduced pediatric trauma deaths by 25 percent, but more work is still needed.
To get a glimpse of what pediatric trauma victims and their families go through, Lee visited the Phoenix Children’s Hospital prior to racing at ISM Raceway. While there he got a tour of the facilities and visited with kids in “The Zone,” where kids are invited to come and play with no medical staff present in the room.
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“It was really eye-opening visiting the Phoenix Children’s Hospital,” said Lee. “To see what life is like for these kids and their families was intense. I’m glad I was able to visit with the kids in ‘The Zone’ and hope I was able to make their day’s a little better than it had been going before. I had a lot of fun getting to play video games with them and explaining what it’s like to be a race car driver.”
Fans can help raise awareness for Race to Give Day on Tuesday, November 13, by changing their Facebook profile photo or sharing the message on social media. Donations can be made at saveinjuredkids.org/give/.