Dale Jr. :: Nationwide Children's Hospital

Thank You Dale Jr.!

Our butterflies have never flown faster than they did on July 9th at the Kentucky Motor Speedway on Dale Earnhardt, Jr’s No. 88 Chevrolet SS.

Thank you to Dale Jr. for taking our butterflies for a spin and showing our patient champions the time of their lives. Special thanks to Nationwide, the entire No. 88 team at Hendrick Motorsports, and Lionel Racing for making it all possible. Watch the video below to see their amazing experience.



Dale Jr.’s Pit Stop

Before Dale Jr. made it to Kentucky Speedway for the race, he and his fiancé Amy Reimann made a “pit stop” at the hospital to visit with our patients on the rehab and hematology/oncology floors and joined a packed house of our staff, patients and families for a send-off rally! Here’s a behind-the-scenes look at his visit:




During his visit, Dale Jr. donated a new rehab bell for the inpatient rehabilitation unit for patients to ring when they graduate. Watch as two patients below ring the bell and celebrate!



Thanks Dale Earnhardt Jr. for all you do for our patients and hospital! 



You can still Ride with Dale Jr and Help Kids Everywhere




Purchase a Lionel Racing die-cast scale replica of Dale Jr’s No. 88 car that was raced at the Kentucky Motor Speedway on July 9th. It's the perfect gift for the NASCAR fan in your life and a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each die-cast car will be donated to Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  Purchase your car here

Driven to Give Gloves Program

The Dale Jr. Foundation (TDJF) has announced that its successful Driven to Give Gloves program will focus on four Patient Champions from Nationwide Children’s Hospital.  As it did last year in its debut, the program will feature the auctioning of Dale Earnhardt Jr.’s race-worn gloves four times during the 10-month NASCAR season.

The signature skeleton-themed design of Earnhardt Jr.’s Alpinestars gloves will feature a different color for each of the Nationwide Children’s Hospital Patient Champions to raise awareness and funds for the Hospital’s clinical and research programs.  

The complete list of glove colors to be worn by Earnhardt Jr. and the Patient Champions the TDJF will aid in 2016 is as follows:

Meet Patient Champion Aiden

April – Blue Gloves (Autism) 8-year-old Aiden Vanwagner: Aiden was diagnosed with Autism at an early age but under the care of Nationwide Children's Hospital's Center for Autism Spectrum Disorders, Aiden has received individualized and comprehensive interventions and is enjoying school in a mainstream classroom. Researchers at Nationwide Children’s have many active research projects underway to determine causes and effective new treatments for autism.

Read Aiden's full story here »

Meet Patient Champion Grant

May – Lavender Gloves (Pediatric Cancer) 15-year-old Grant Reed: On May 7, 2012, Grant was diagnosed with Medullablastoma, a brain tumor in the back of the head near the brain stem.  The tumor was removed three days later but through the removal he developed a syndrome that left him with severe complications and he was admitted to the inpatient rehabilitation unit at Nationwide Children’s where he regained control of his speech and physical abilities.  An avid NASCAR fan, Grant loves following this sport and his father has a history of working in the industry.

Meet Patient Champion Tarissa

July – Gold Gloves (Hearing Impairment) 11-year-old Tarissa Suchecki: Tarissa was born more than two months premature and suffered from complications of prematurity. She spent the first seven months of her life at Nationwide Children's.  One of the complications was profound hearing loss. Despite many challenges, Tarissa has grown into a beautiful young lady who enjoys fourth grade and pageant competitions. Nationwide Children’s is home to America’s largest neonatal care network and research center.

Meet Patient Champion Dalton

November – Gray Gloves (Diabetes) 11-year-old Dalton Miller: In December 2012, Dalton was diagnosed with Type I diabetes but that has not stopped him from being a very active young man.  He works closely with his clinical team to manage his condition carefully letting him live a normal life.  He is very aware of his illness and constant monitoring of his food and beverages has helped him learn his math skills.

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

© 2016 Hendrick Motorsports, LLC. The name, likeness and signature of Dale Earnhardt Jr. and the likeness of the No. 88 Nationwide Children's Hospital Chevrolet SS are used with permission of Hendrick Motorsports, LLC.

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