Kyle Ganoe update 2002-06-23

6/23/02 - Selinsgrove, Pa - Marking a coming together of the racing community in a time of need, Selinsgrove Speedway sprint car drivers solicited the seating areas at intermission during Saturday night's program in an effort to alleviate the ...

6/23/02 - Selinsgrove, Pa - Marking a coming together of the racing community in a time of need, Selinsgrove Speedway sprint car drivers solicited the seating areas at intermission during Saturday night's program in an effort to alleviate the mounting financial burden that is being placed upon sprint car burn victim Kyle Ganoe of Lewistown. Ganoe was critically burned during a lap-seven accident that saw his No. 0 erupt into flames at the Port Royal Speedway on June 8.

After making their rounds with helmets in hand, speedway fans and drivers combined to surrender a total of $1,275 to the injured driver and his family. After being air-lifted to the Lehigh Valley Medical Center burn unit on June 8, Ganoe has now been hospitalized some 15 days.

As of Sunday morning, Ganoe's father Mark informed Selinsgrove Speedway officials that the prognosis for his son is excellent. Ganoe was placed in a medically induced coma for the last seven to ten days in an effort to lessen his injuries and positively treat him for pneumonia, which was contracted due to inhalation of flames.

Ganoe's father told track officials Sunday that his son is now being slowly brought out of the coma and he is responsive and trying to communicate with the family and doctors. Most severely burned were Ganoe's hands but skin grafting procedures have proven successful and Ganoe is undergoing therapy and although bandaged he is currently moving his hands.

Mark Ganoe wishes to thank everyone who has contributed to his sons cause and extends most sincer thanks for the hundreds of well wishes and cards that have been received.

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