Ooltewah, TN (March 27, 2006)
Wednesday, March 29th at 1:00p.m., Jim Osborn and Randy “the Rocket” Pobst will once again be touring the hospital and visiting children at the All Children’s Hospital of St. Petersburg, Florida. “ This visit to the All Children’s Hospital is very special to us and has become a tradition when we race in St. Pete. The Hospital is a great facility and the kids are always so excited to have visitors. It is so great that the hospital is close enough to the race course that you can hear cars practicing during our visit…heck, I even get excited hearing the engines roar” says Osborn. “After a disappointing engine failure at Sebring we are anxious to get the #24 TC Thompson Children’s Hospital/Remote Area Medical BMW 325ci back on the track for Round 2”.
All Children's Hospital is a leading center for pediatric treatment, education and research. All Children's provides specialized care for children of all ages, from newborns through teens. It is one of two freestanding children's hospitals in the state of Florida, and the only one on Florida's west coast. Patients come to All Children's from throughout Florida and from many other states and foreign countries.
All Children's Hospital was founded in 1926 as the American Legion Hospital for Crippled Children. Today it is a 216-bed teaching hospital affiliated with the University of South Florida College of Medicine. More than 140 pediatric specialists and subspecialists provide state-of-the-art medical and surgical care for children. They work closely with specially trained nurses, therapists, pharmacists and other caring professionals who understand the medical, social and emotional needs of each stage of childhood and adolescence.
The Lighthouse Family Retreat is a seaside family retreat established in December 1999 to serve families caring for children with cancer. Melinda Mayton's, founder of Lighthouse Family Retreat, purpose is to provide a place of hope and renewal to families facing fear and challenges most of us will never experience. The retreat is a way to allow the children and family to escape for a week of fun and rejuvenation. The program is designed to reconnect families, strengthen parents, bring laughter to children, and find hope in God. The vision of Lighthouse Family Retreat is to host 12 to 18 retreats.
T.C. Thompson Children’s Hospital is part of the Erlanger Health system and is a level-one trauma center. Located in the Tennessee Valley of Chattanooga, TN. T.C. Thompson does not only serve the Tennessee area but also those living in North Alabama, East Tennessee, North Georgia and Western North Carolina. The hospital serves as a teaching facility for the University of Tennessee School of Medicine.
Remote Area Medical is a non-profit, volunteer, airborne relief corps dedicated to serving mankind by providing free health care, eye care, veterinary services and educational assistance to people in remote areas of the United States and the World. The need to get medical care to people in inaccessible regions was one which founder Stan Brock knew all too well while living 15 years with the Wapishana Indians in the Amazon rain forest. His deep desire to find a way to take health care to people who had none was the seed of R.A.M.
Since 1985, R.A.M. and 21,688 volunteers have provided free health care to 245,255 patients, 59,859 animals. In those 20 years, they have provided over $20 million in health care.