Grant’s big day with NASCAR

If you’re a motor sports fan you’ve probably already heard the news. The NASCAR Nationwide Series is bringing a race to Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on August 16-17, 2013. We’re especially excited because thanks to the generosity of Nationwide Insurance the hospital will be the beneficiary of this exciting event. Plans are just beginning for the “Nationwide Children’s Hospital 200” but we’ll keep you posted on all the behind-the-scenes details as they’re finalized.

Tuesday was a big day when NASCAR flew into town for the national media announcement of the race at Nationwide’s World Headquarters here in Columbus. Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was on-hand to participate along with our CEO, Steve Allen. It was a big deal – with media connecting in from across the country.

For cancer patient Grant Reed, it was a day I’m sure he won’t soon forget. Grant and his dad Troy participated in the news conference speaking on behalf of all the patients at Nationwide Children’s.

Grant and his family are big NASCAR fans – in fact Troy worked at the Mid-Ohio course as a fire safety officer before Grant was born. Life changed overnight for the Reeds last May when Grant was diagnosed with a cancerous brain tumor. Grant has been a fighter – 16 1/2 hours of surgery to remove his tumor after which he developed a condition impacting his ability to walk, speak, eat and control his left-side.

Although Grant is not fully recovered he is well on his way. One of my favorite moments of the day was watching Grant meet NASCAR driver, Sam Hornish, Jr. I think Sam was just as excited to meet Grant and he couldn’t have been nicer to his young fan. Also a big thank you to Steve O’Donnell, Senior VP for NASCAR Race Operations who participated in the news conference and invited Grant out on race day next August to take laps in the event pace car prior to the race. This really gives Grant something to look forward to – that and the fact the he hopes to finish his final rounds of chemotherapy prior to the race. We’ll keep you posted on all fronts. Go NASCAR!

 

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Donna Teach
Donna Teach is Chief Marketing & Communication Officer at Nationwide Children's. Her job is to help the hospital feel "connected" – Connected to each other, connected to our patients and their families, referring physicians, the community and the world.

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