CHAMPCAR/CART: CARA notes and activities 2007-04-19

CARA Notes and Activities INDIANAPOLIS, IN April 19, 2007 Charity is not all Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's billions. Charity does, after all, start at home. It is the one-on-one that has always been the foundation of...

CARA Notes and Activities

INDIANAPOLIS, IN April 19, 2007 Charity is not all Bill Gates and Warren Buffet's billions. Charity does, after all, start at home. It is the one-on-one that has always been the foundation of giving, but often gets lost in the need for headlines to be attention grabbing. CARA Charities exercises that belief that the personal touch makes the difference. Some of their recent activities:

* CARA arranged a driver visit last Thursday during the Long Beach Grand Prix at St. Mary's Medical Center. Bruno and Diana Junquiera visited the pediatric unit of the Long Beach hospital and the Adult Acute Rehabilitation Program. Bruno told the rehabilitation patients of his recovery from a broken back suffered in a racing accident. His first hand knowledge of the extensive physical therapy they were experiencing forged an understanding bond. This was the first hospital visit outside of Indianapolis for the newly inaugurated CARA Cares program that will be visiting other hospitals in racing venues this year. A large box of toys was left for future patients to enjoy.

Sister Dennis, RN, the lead nurse for the Pediatric Department told the story of how they use to only have one car seat which they would loan out to children leaving the hospital and they would have to have someone follow them home to take the seat back to the hospital. With CARA's Buckle-Up-Baby donations of car seats to St. Mary's over the years, that is no longer necessary.

* Roxie Lott Strich, a former Super Vee driver, died last week and asked before her passing that Rev. Phillip DeRea officiate at her service. CARA arranged for Father Phil to fly from Rome to Indianapolis to fulfill her wish.

* On the Thursday before the Las Vegas Grand Prix, Sebastien and Claire Bourdais were at the University Medical Center with their five month old daughter, Emma, to demonstrate first hand the proper use of car seats as part of a CARA Buckle-Up-Baby visit.

* At the Grand Prix of St. Petersburg, 75 children enjoyed a visit by Firestone's Firehawk mascot during a Buckle-Up-Baby visit along with a Christmas-in-April distribution of toys and a donation to the hospital for car seats for families in need.

* And CARA member Judy Swisher once again provided more than sixty Easter baskets to the children at Methodist Hospital in Indianapolis.

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