Dale Jr. :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Ride Along with Dale Jr. to Help Kids Everywhere!


Introducing Dale Jr.’s No. 88 Nationwide Children’s Hospital Chevy SS!


Designed in part by Dale Jr. to showcase his favorite color orange and feature Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s butterflies, the scheme will debut when it races at the Kentucky Speedway on July 8, 2017. We’ve SOLD OUT of all of the spots available on the car’s special paint scheme. The “Ride with Dale Jr. to Help Kids Everywhere” hood program was unveiled with Dale Jr. and Nationwide last year and is a unique way to raise funds and awareness for Nationwide Children’s Hospital.

Dale Jr. recently took a lap here at Nationwide Children’s, participating in a special dedication ceremony in the rehabilitation unit and to help unveil the newly-named “Dale and Amy Earnhardt Activity Room.” 


Thank you for your interest in the Ride with Dale program. If you’d still like to make a donation and send a message to Dale, please click the donation form link below.



Interested in the Ride with Dale Program? Highlights from the first year of the program can be seen in the video playlist below. 







Driven to Give Gloves Program

Dale Jr.'s 2017 Nationwide Children's Hospital Patient Champions


The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) is excited to continue its successful Driven to Give Gloves campaign in 2017 - benefitting Nationwide Children's Hospital - by once again featuring its four Patient Champions across four different months. Within the program, Dale Jr. will not only wear unique cause-related gloves honoring each Patient Champion's respective diagnosis, but the Patient Champion's name will also be featured above the passenger door of the No.88 Nationwide Chevrolet SS for one race during that month. The race-worn gloves will be auctioned off on eBay following each special month to raise funds for the groundbreaking work done by the doctors and staff at Nationwide Children's. 


The complete list of glove colors to be worn by Earnhardt Jr. and the Patient Champions the TDJF will aid in 2017 is as follows:


April: Blue Gloves for Autism Awareness

Patient Champion: Tristen 
Diagnosis: Autism
Age: 10
Hometown: Marietta, OH

 At 15 months old, life should be fairly simple for a toddler. The days are filled with learning words, learning how to walk, playing, eating, and sleeping. But for little Tristen, a complicated journey was about to begin. It started with him undergoing eye surgeries at Nationwide Children's Hospital. Soon thereafter, Tristen was being followed by our Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders. Recently Tristen has also become a patient of Nationwide Children's Center for Colorectal and Pelvic Reconstruction, Gastroenterology, and Interventional Radiology.

Tristen loves monster trucks, NASCAR, Paw Patrol, playing on his iPad, and baseball. During the 2016 Special Olympics Summer Games in Columbus, He took 2nd place in the baseball throw.

Read Tristen's full story here »


June: Red Gloves for Safety Awareness

Patient Champion: Ailee 
Diagnosis: Facial Burns
Age: 5
Hometown: Hilliard, OH

Amber was at work when she got the urgent call to come get her daughter, Ailee, who was with the babysitter. When she arrived, Amber found her daughter crying, her face red and blistering. Moments after the 911 call was placed, the EMT’s were transporting little Ailee to Nationwide Children’s Hospital where she would spend the next week on the Burn Unit and later return for another week. Nearly three years have passed since that fateful day. Ailee has spent thousands of hours going to outpatient appointments and occupational therapy. She has undergone three plastic surgeries.

Today, Ailee is a typical 5-year old who loves princesses, gymnastics, and school. She is a happy, fun-loving girl who can make anyone smile with her silly outgoing personality.

Read Ailee's full story here »


July: Pink Gloves for Therapeutic Recreation Awareness

Patient Champion: Maddie
Diagnosis: Cerebral Palsy
Age: 10
Hometown: Galena, OH

When Maddie was just 2, she underwent a 6-hour spinal surgery to release the built-up tension in her legs. She spent almost an entire month on the PT floor at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. But, through it all, Maddie never gave up and maintained a positive, upbeat attitude. Her enthusiasm for life is contagious and she inevitably brightens the day of everyone she meets.

Maddie is currently pursuing her black belt in Tae Kwon Do, will be starting up horseback riding lessons, and enjoys swimming, singing and acting.


November: Gray Gloves for Diabetes Awareness

Patient Champion: John Roger
Diagnosis: Type 1 Diabetes
Age: 10
Hometown: Caldwell, OH

At the age of 2 ½, John Roger, who goes by (J.R.), was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. He started out with 4 shots and at least 10 finger pokes a day – that’s 1,460 shots and 3,650 finger pokes in a year. In the beginning, he had a really rough time adjusting to his condition and had to be held down by family members. But, eventually, he got used to the process and became accustomed to the needles. Recently, J.R. switched to a pump, which gives him a lot more freedom and his parents are able to monitor the readings.

J.R. doesn’t let his diabetes stop him from doing what he loves. He plays soccer, baseball, basketball and is even a race car driver.

Read more about our partnership with The Dale Earnhardt Jr. Foundation.

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