DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – The Darrell Gwynn Foundation donated $7,500 to the Speediatrics Unit at Halifax Health Medical Center on Friday, February 24. The donation was made prior to the NextEra 250 NASCAR Truck Series race at the Daytona International Speedway. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s mission is to SUPPORT people with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries.
The donation was made through the Darrell Gwynn Foundation’s Patient Assistance Fund. The Patient Assistance Fund supports Speediatrics, two very unique pediatric units in the state of Florida – The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Health Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. The Darrell Gwynn Foundation annually makes donations to each unit with proceeds from its Hot Rods & Reels Charity Fishing Tournaments.
On hand for the check presentation were Darrell Gwynn (President of the Darrell Gwynn Foundation), Jeff Feasel (President & CEO of Halifax Health) and Joe Petrock (Executive Director of Halifax Health Foundation).
“Speediatrics and Halifax Health are wonderful partners that we are proud to be associated with at the Darrell Gwynn Foundation,” said Gwynn during the check presentation. “They have a wonderful pediatric unit that inspires children to heal and helps families cope. It’s a wonderful thing that we’re proud to support.”
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Speediatrics, two very unique pediatric units in the state of Florida – The Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Health Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Each Speediatric unit is equipped with top-flight equipment and staff. In surroundings designed by NASCAR First Lady Betty Jane France, youngsters literally race to recovery in a fun-filled facility often visited by top NASCAR drivers. The racing related theme has proven to make treatment more acceptable, comfortable and effective for children and their families in what ordinarily might an intimidating medical environment. The unit’s waiting room, hallway walls, nurse’s station, patient rooms and playroom are decorated with a motorsports theme that includes race cars, checkered flags, and cartoon characters named “Curves,” “Traxx,” “Six-Speed,” and ‘Clutch.” The Speediatrics team is comprised of an experienced medical staff of area pediatricians, specialists, unit nurses, respiratory therapists and support staff who are specially trained in pediatrics and Pediatric Advanced Life Support.
About the Darrell Gwynn Foundation
Founded in 2002 by Champion Racer Darrell Gwynn and his wife, Lisa, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to provide SUPPORT for people living with paralysis and PREVENT spinal cord injuries. The foundation’s primary support program is its national Wheelchair Donation Program. With this program the Darrell Gwynn Foundation has donated custom built wheelchairs to hundreds of individuals in need. The foundation also maintains a Patient Assistance Fund offering support services and tools at Craig Hospital in Englewood, Colorado with aspirations to expand this model to several hospitals nationwide. The Patient Assistance Fund also supports two Speediatrics Units the Betty Jane France Pediatric Center, at Halifax Hospital in Daytona, Fla. and Homestead Hospital in Homestead, Fla. Additionally, the Patient Assistance Fund provides financial support through its Fast Track Laboratory with the Miami Project to Cure Paralysis aimed at finding a cure for paralysis. The foundation operates an Education & Prevention Program directed to high school students to educate them on the dangers of risky behavior that can lead to spinal cord injuries. This rapidly growing program reaches over 10,000 students annually at over 50 high schools. In an effort to create more awareness about spinal cord injuries, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation successfully lobbied for and established a National Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Month and Spinal Cord Injury Awareness Week in Florida. The foundation also lobbied and established With tremendous fundraising partners such as Barrett-Jackson, the NHRA, NASCAR and many more generous sponsors, individual supporters and donors, the Darrell Gwynn Foundation continues to evolve as a leading foundation for those with spinal cord injuries and living with paralysis. For more information please visit darrellgwynnfoundation.org or www.facebook.com/darrellgwynnfoundation.