Kentucky Speedway's "Horsepower" mascot and Executive Vice President and General Manager Mark F. Cassis brought smiles to the faces of patients by distributing speedway caps and die cast cars in conjunction with the Assistance League of Greater Cincinnati "Caps For Kids" program on Feb. 13.

"Speed Week and The Daytona 500 always creates excitement for the 2002 race season and we wanted to share that excitement with patients at Cincinnati Children's Hospital in hopes of brightening their day," Cassis said. "We're proud to be affiliated with the ALGC and plan to participate in future 'Caps For Kids' events."

The ALGC has been delivering caps through the "Caps for Kids" program since 1998. ALGC members originally delivered hand-painted and decorated caps to the patients, but began including sports-related caps last year after a young patient requested a NASCAR race cap.

"Race car fans all over the medical center are enthusiastic about this year's race season and this donation provides an outlet for patients to enjoy the season," states Sharon McLeod, director of Child Life at Cincinnati Children's.

Cincinnati Children's is a 426-bed pediatric medical center, recognized throughout the world for its clinical care, research and education. Scientists at Cincinnati Children's have developed such life-saving research discoveries as the Sabin oral polio vaccine and a surfactant preparation that has saved the lives of many thousands of premature newborns. In its most recent fiscal year, the medical center provided innovative medical and surgical care to patients from 32 nations.

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