The children at Inova Children’s Hospital in Falls Church, Virginia experienced a slight change in plans. Instead of being transported by wheelchairs to the surgery room, with the help of the Audi Sport customer racing team at Audi of America, they now get to put a spin on the routine in their own set of mini wheels.
The Audi team donated a pair of mini electric Audi R8’s the young patients battling cancer, and other life threatening ailments, will be able to drive into the surgical rooms – a small gesture that will go a long way for the kids who now have something to look forward to prior to surgery.
“These cars will provide a great way to ease the stress of patients and families during what can most times be a pretty traumatic experience,” said Dr. Lucas Collazo, Director of Pediatric Cardiac Surgery at Inova Children’s Hospital. “I am excited about the new friendship we have made with our neighbors at Audi of America, and I look forward to working together again in the future.”
Audi Sport and Audi of America is committed in continuing to support programs and communities of need. The mini cars will remain at Inova Children’s Hospital in an effort to brighten the mood and recovery time for the little patients and their families.
“The overwhelming response from the kids the moment we unveiled the cars was that they loved them,” said Matt McKown, Senior Manager of Audi Sport, Audi of America. “The doctors believe that these cars will more than likely see a lot of use, with the kids driving them along the hallways, in addition to going into surgery. They were an even bigger hit than we were expecting with the kids and should be a great way to raise the spirits of both the children and their families while they deal with serious medical conditions.”
In addition to the mini cars, Moorespeed team driver Andrew Davis made an appearance at the event in full uniform, along with two Audi Sport cars parked in front of the hospital.