CONCORD, N.C. (March 21, 2011) – David Ragan named Shriners Hospitals for Children® his charity of choice in 2008 and has continued to support their great cause over the years in everything that he does. One highlight of Ragan’s relationship with the Shriners is getting a chance to visit the different hospitals and get a firsthand look at the innovative medical advances that the Shriners are doing to help children in need. On his way out to Auto Club Speedway on Thursday, March 24th Ragan will make a stop in Los Angeles to visit with the children at the Shriners Hospitals for Children®. Ragan will take a tour and spend the afternoon participating in a racing-themed day with the children and their families.
“Having the hospital so close to Auto Club Speedway will make for a fun visit,” said Ragan. “I have enjoyed meeting a lot of the patients and seeing the different facilities at a few other hospitals in years past, so it will be neat to meet some new people this time around. The Shriners do a lot of good for kids all over the world and I’m just proud to be associated with them.”
Ragan has started the process to become a Shriner himself and though he hasn’t officially been inducted he has done a lot with the organization over the years. Throughout his relationship with the Shriners Ragan has been able to visit their hospitals in Tampa, Fla., and Boston, Mass., he attends the annual Shrine Bowl in Florida every year and also attends their Imperial sessions. Ragan has done many different things over the years to raise money for the hospitals, including racing and auctioning off a Shriner’s helmet, running a special paint scheme in an ARCA race and by filming awareness PSA’s.
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About Shriners Hospitals for Children®
Shriners Hospitals for Children® is a health care system of 22 hospitals dedicated to improving the lives of children by providing pediatric specialty care, innovative research, and outstanding teaching programs for medical professionals. Children up to age18 with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate are eligible for care and receive all services in a family-centered environment, regardless of the patients’ ability to pay. For more information, please visit www.shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.