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Race Car Team Visits Children at duPont Hospital

Tuesday, Jun 25, 2013

Delaware Valley

From left: Joe McDonough, Carla Markell, Al Carter, Annie Coons, Hugh Plumb and in front, patient hero Hayden Godwin of Newark, DE.

On Thursday, June 20, Grand-Am race car driver Al Carter, a cancer survivor, and his teammate, Unionville, PA resident Hugh Plumb, visited Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children as guests and supporters of The Andrew McDonough B+ Foundation, which funds pediatric cancer research and provides assistance to families of children with cancer.

Carter and Plumb drove their B+ Foundation-sponsored race car from the home of B+ founder Joe McDonough’s home in the Alapocas neighborhood of Wilmington to the hospital, to raise awareness for the fight against childhood cancer and to promote The B+ Foundation.

Hayden Godwin, 9, of Newark, DE, who is being treated at the hospital, joined the drivers for the ride as the B+ Foundation Hero. The B+ Foundation race car was displayed at the hospital, admired by patients, families and staff, and a few lucky kids were treated to a brief spin. Joining the drivers and McDonough in support of B+ this year were the wives of Delaware’s governor and congressional delegation: Carla Markell, Martha Carper, Annie Coons, and Tracy Quillen Carney. They toured the hospital and greeted our patients and families.

Later that day, more than 1,200 people participated in the annual B+ Foundation 5K walk/run at Salesianum School, including a Nemours team of 30 people led by cancer researcher Dr. Rob Mason. Since 2007, B+ has awarded more than $1.5 million in research grants and assistance for families of children with cancer. The duPont Hospital for Children has been a beneficiary of the foundation’s generosity in terms of both a major investment in research and in aid and assistance to the families we serve.

About Nemours

Nemours is an internationally recognized children's health system that owns and operates the two free-standing children’s hospitals: the Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children in Wilmington, Del., and Nemours Children's Hospital in Orlando, Fla., along with outpatient facilities in five states, delivering pediatric primary, specialty and urgent care. Nemours also powers the world’s most-visited website for information on the health of children and teens,, and offers on-demand, online video patient visits through Nemours CareConnect. Nemours is a program dedicated to preventing reading failure in young children, grounded in Nemours’ understanding that child health and learning are inextricably linked, and that reading level is a strong predictor of adult health.

Established as The Nemours Foundation through the legacy and philanthropy of Alfred I. duPont, Nemours provides pediatric clinical care, research, education, advocacy and prevention programs to families in the communities it serves.