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Thursday, August 06, 2009
Racing for Kids visits CincinnatiChildren’s with Milka Duno and AnaBeatriz
Contributed By: Grace Naugle
Racing for Kids, a non-profit national charity that uses motorsports to increase health care fundingfor children, recently visited Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center with famous racecar drivers, Milka Duno and Ana “Bia” Beatriz.The charity representatives and racecar celebrities parked an authentic Indy Racing car out front of the hospital for pictures. Patients were even allowed to sit in the driver’s seat. Additionally, Racingfor Kids made appearances in various child activity centers throughout the hospital to meet patientsand their families. The racing duo was happy to take pictures, sign autographs and give awaysigned Racing for Kids ball caps and coloring books to all the children.Racing for Kids and racecar celebrities have visited more than 20,000 young patients in 450hospitals around the world. Outside of the United States, the organization has also been to Mexico,Japan, Australia, and Canada to make a difference. Overall, Racing for Kids has raised nearly $5million for children’s hospitals and health institutions across the country.Patrick Wright is the Executive Director of Racing for Kids, which was founded in 1989 inDetroit.
“We use the popularity of motorsports to bring funding and attention to child healthcare,” Wrightsaid. “What we do is important to recovery therapy for the children, and now they have a new heroto watch on television.” Cincinnati Children’s patients and others were able to watch Duno andBeatriz race in the recent KentuckySpeedway events.
TheKentucky Speedwayhostedthe Indy 300 and Kentucky 100 at thebeginning of August.Duno
and Beatriz raced in the IndyCar series and the Firestone Indy Lights series, respectively.Ana Beatriz drives for Sam Schmidt Motorsports, and in 2008 she became the first female driver towin a race in the Firestone Indy Lights Series in Nashville. She placed third in the overall seriesstandings last year.“It makes you feel great. I really enjoy kids and doing this makes me feel good when I go out to raceon the track,” Beatriz said. She hopes to do more events with Racing for Kids in the future.Milka Duno, of Dreyer & Reinbold Racing, is an Indy Driver and she placed second at the 24 Hoursat Daytona in 2007, the highest rank a female driver has ever received. As a Racing for Kidsrepresentative, she is an inspiration on the track and even in the classroom, as a Naval Engineer who has earned four Masters Degrees.Humana of Ohio has been a major sponsor of Racing for Kids since 2004. Humana of Ohio's Chief Medical Officer Derek van Amerongen, MD, was a representative in attendance at the event.About Cincinnati Children’sCincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center is one of 10 children’s hospitals in the United States tomake the Honor Roll in U.S. News and World Reports 2009-10 Americas Best Children’s Hospitalsissue. It is #1 ranked for digestive disorders and is also highly ranked for its expertise in respiratorydiseases, cancer, neonatal care, heart care, neurosurgery, diabetes, orthopedics, kidney disordersand urology. One of the three largest children’s hospitals in the U.S., Cincinnati Children’s isaffiliated with the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine and is one of the top two recipients of pediatric research grants from the National Institutes of Health.
Racecar drivers, Ana Beatriz and Milka Duno tookpictures and signed autographs with fans andpatients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital MedicalCenter when they visited with the charitableorganization, Racing for Kids.
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