Professional Race Car Driver Takes Lap Around Children's Specialized Hospital

November 17, 2017

International race car driver, Robert Megennis, 17, made a pit stop on his race car circuit across the country to visit patients and families at Children’s Specialized Hospital in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  He met patients with brain injuries, spinal cord dysfunction, complications due to premature birth and other health challenges to brighten their day during a difficult time.

“Many of our patients are recovering from motor vehicle accidents or life-threatening injuries from extreme sports,” said Samantha Adams, Child Life Specialist at Children’s Specialized Hospital.  “So while our patients loved hearing about the fun and thrilling aspects of racing, it was great to hear Rob educating our patients about the different safety precautions he takes every time he gets on the track.”

Megennis gave each patient a model version of his race car and let them test out his high-tech helmet. The patients were able to escape the hospital world for a few minutes and pretend they were behind the wheel of some of the fastest cars in the world. The young driver signed autographs and played a competitive game of Uno in the hospital’s recreation room with a group of patients. It was a unique opportunity for both Megennis and the patients of Children’s Specialized to have a chance to hang out as regular teenagers for a few hours.

“My visit to Children’s Specialized Hospital was awesome. It was an absolute blast meeting and playing games with their pediatric patients throughout the hospital,” said Megennis. “Everyone was super fun, talkative, and we all had a great time. I can’t thank Starlight Children’s Foundation and Children’s Specialized Hospital for a great visit and I hope to be back again soon.”

Robert was awarded the 2016's USF2000 Rookie of the Year and is one of the youngest racers to compete on the Mazda Road to Indy. ever compete on the Mazda Road to Indy. Megennis began racing at age 9, years before even getting his drivers license, and travels the globe racing all year long. Now 17, he is working hard to reach his ultimate goal of winning an IndyCar championship.

Megennis teamed up with Starlight Foundation, a Children’s Specialized Hospital partner, to participate in the organization’s Star Tours to visit kids in local communities. Starlight recently donated two Starlight Fun Centers, mobile entertainment powered by Nintendo, which offers online access to family friendly video games and movies that provide children and families with distraction and fun during their stay at Children’s Specialized Hospital. Fun centers roll anywhere indoors and are easily integrated into physical therapy and other treatment rooms. 

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