NASCAR Foundation fundraiser news 2010-07-01

The NASCAR Foundation And The V Foundation Announce $500,000 Gift To Shands Children's Hospital GAINESVILLE, Fla. (July 1, 2010) -- The NASCAR Foundation and The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced today a gift of $500,000 to ...

The NASCAR Foundation And The V Foundation Announce $500,000 Gift To Shands Children's Hospital

GAINESVILLE, Fla. (July 1, 2010) -- The NASCAR Foundation and The V Foundation for Cancer Research announced today a gift of $500,000 to Shands Children's Hospital at the University of Florida to support a new pediatric oncology unit.

The NASCAR Foundation and The V Foundation each have committed $250,000 toward the 18-bed in-patient unit that will see approximately 14 pediatric patients a day, plus an estimated 130 oncology patients, 30 bone-marrow-transplant patients, 15 solid-organ-transplant patients, 30 rheumatology/ immunology patients and 50 sickle cell patients per year. The unit will allow young patients to have easier access to their primary care physicians during treatments.

The gift is the single largest that The NASCAR Foundation has made to a pediatric oncology unit.

"We are very proud to support the new pediatric oncology unit at Shands Children's Hospital," said NASCAR Foundation Board Member and NASCAR Chief Financial Officer Todd Wilson. "This unit will make it easier for young patients from Florida and across the United States to receive the critical medical care they need."

At Shands Children's Hospital, University of Florida physicians provide the full spectrum of pediatric specialty services and offer some of the most specialized pediatric programs for the diagnosis and treatment of a wide range of complex conditions. The University of Florida Division of Hematology/ Oncology at Shands Children's Hospital sees nearly 100 new cancer patients per year, and a large portion participate in clinical trials. The new unit is designed to provide a safe environment and specialized nursing to provide promising new medications and cellular therapies to children who have relapsed through clinical trials.

The V Foundation, a charitable organization dedicated to saving lives by helping to find a cure for cancer, has a well-established record of supporting cancer research.

"The V Foundation is excited about our partnership with The NASCAR Foundation benefiting Shands Children's Hospital," said Nick Valvano, CEO of The V Foundation. "We are thrilled to participate in funding this important project, helping Shands improve upon the excellent care they currently provide to children with cancer."

The new unit, which is now fully operational, will enhance patient care by combining many services and treatments that will optimize the experience of pediatric patients.

"I am always moved by the generosity of those who help us in our mission here at Shands HealthCare," said Timothy Goldfarb, Shands HealthCare CEO. "The NASCAR Foundation and The V Foundation clearly understand what it means to be a leader in the community. Their gift to Shands Children's Hospital will go to help some of our most seriously ill patients. On behalf of Shands, all the children we treat and the families whose lives we affect daily, I want to sincerely thank The NASCAR Foundation and The V Foundation."

For more information please visit the website at www.shands.org or www.nascar.com/foundation.

-source: nascar

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