Akron Children’s patients are familiar with the kind of horsepower Petie the Pony brings during his regular visits to the hospital. But on July 30, patients were treated to a different kind of horsepower, thanks to the annual visit from Racing for Kids.
This year it was Andretti Autosports’ Indy Lights driver Zach Veach who brought plenty of high-powered smiles to the faces of patients and families. The Ohio native chatted with patients as he autographed hats and handed out posters, patches and stickers.
Joining Veach was former IndyCar driver and Racing for Kids co-founder Robbie Buhl.
Now in its 26th year, Racing for Kids is designed to boost the popularity of motorsports to focus attention and funding on the healthcare needs of children.
To date, Racing for Kids representatives have visited more than 25,000 patients in nearly 500 hospitals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Japan and Australia.
The program has also raised more than $6 million for children’s hospitals and child health institutions, including Akron Children’s.
Representatives of Racing for Kids sponsors Bridgestone Firestone and TranSystems were also on hand for the visit.