Dragsters, Funny Cars, Wheelstanders, and Roadsters Rev Up Life for Pediatric Patients at University Medical Center

George Humphrey
Aug. 24, 2001

Arizona's drag racing community will bring drag racing excitement to University Medical Center's pediatric patients, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 30.

Drag race cars participating in "Raymond's Race-Racing For A Cure," a Sept. 1 fund raising event for the UA Children's Research Center and UMC, will display Junior Dragsters, funny cars, alcohol dragsters and wheelstanders in the hospital lobby and out on the hospital lawn, 1501 N. Campbell Ave.

Patients and their families, who may not be able to attend the race on Saturday at Southwestern International Raceway, at the Pima County Fairgrounds, will enjoy lunch and refreshments with the racers, and have their photos taken in the cars.

The Fourth Annual Racing for a Cure is in memory of a Junior drag racer, Raymond Dixon, 13, who lost his 10-year battle with leukemia in May 26, 2000. To help other pediatric patients face their health battles, Raymond's father, Greg Dixon and associates have built a new "Racing for a Cure," Junior Dragster for other UMC pediatric patients with life threatening illnesses. The car will also be on display at the hospital. Pediatric patients who are interested in learning how to race in the Junior Dragster Division will be given an opportunity to learn how to drive the car and race in competition.




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