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The NASCAR Foundation Keeps the Motor Running for Crews’n Healthmobile in Phoenix

Going to the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series at Phoenix International Raceway this weekend? Come tour the Crews’n Healthmobile on Sunday, March 2nd outside the gates between 11 AM and 1 PM!

After seven years of providing health care to street youth throughout the greater Phoenix area, the mobile medical clinic of the Children’s Health Fund Phoenix project needed a pit stop to repair some worn-out equipment. Thanks to a generous grant from The NASCAR Foundation, this “doctor’s office on wheels” will be back on the roads providing much-needed care later this month.

Since 2000, the project has worked with Phoenix Children’s Hospital to bring high-quality health care to homeless, runaway and at-risk youth in Phoenix and Tempe. It provides 1,800 patients with a full range of care, including

  • comprehensive physical exams and immunizations
  • managing acute illnesses like the flu and chronic ones like asthma
  • screening for vision, hearing and development
  • health education
  • specialty and community referrals

The current mobile medical clinic took to the road in the fall of 2007 – but the hot Arizona summers took a toll on its generator. After seven years of patchwork repairs, only a brand new generator can keep the mobile clinic in service.

With the help of The NASCAR Foundation’s $50,000 grant, the Crews’n Healthmobile is getting that new generator, as well as other critical repairs.  The funding has also enabled the Phoenix team to borrow another mobile clinic from Children’s Health Fund’s expansive national network while the work is being done.

“We are grateful for the support of The NASCAR Foundation in helping us get the Crews’n Healthmobile fully functional so we can continue bringing this valuable service to the community,” said Dr. Delaney Gracy, Chief Medical Officer, Children’s Health Fund. “The team is on the road year around, and when summer temperatures reach over 100 degrees, the generator was fighting to keep up.

“This new work will allow Children’s Health Fund to not only continue the work we have been doing, but ensure that the patients won’t have to go without care if the unit is taken out of commission for repairs.”

The mobile unit will be parked outside Phoenix International Raceway on Sunday, March 2, at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race and available to fans for tours from 11:00AM – 1:00PM. The NASCAR Foundation will also organize a behind-the-scenes tour for patients of the Phoenix project to see up close what it takes to prepare for a major NASCAR race, and the patients will attend the race thanks to the generosity of Phoenix International Raceway.

“The NASCAR Foundation is dedicated to helping children learn how to win, both inside and outside of the classroom, through a variety of educational opportunities,” said The NASCAR Foundation Executive Director, Lorene King. “Healthy children learn better and we are committed to ensuring that they do so. We are more than excited to support the Children’s Health Fund Phoenix project.”