Celebrities Race to Support Pediatric Cancer Research at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach
2011-08-01 · By Editor
On July 23rd, nearly a dozen celebrities strapped on helmets and raced a fully stocked NASCAR in the 2nd Annual “Kids Against Cancer” Night at the Toyota Speedway at Irwindale. More than 100 patients and families from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach came to the event where proceeds from ticket sales and a silent auction of sports memorabilia benefited pediatric cancer research. JJCCC at Miller Children’s was amongst the beneficiaries of the event and three of the patients even got a chance to act as grand marshals of the race.
This year’s participants included local news meterologists, Dallas Raines, Jessica Holmes and Mark Kriski. Actors William Fichtner, Frankie Muniz and Mark-Paul Gosselaar were joined by Skeet Ulrich, Kim Coates, Peter Shinkoda and Christopher Knight in the celebrity race. The nearly sold-out event had fans on their feet for a close finish by winner, William Fichtner and Frankie Munez, who came in second.
“On behalf of Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach and the patients from the Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center, we thank Toyota for their partnership and continued support for treatment and research of pediatric cancer,” says Amanda Termuhlen, M.D., medical director, JJCCC.
About Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center:
The Jonathan Jaques Children’s Cancer Center (JJCCC) at Miller Children’s Hospital Long Beach provides quality, compassionate care to children with cancer, sickle cell disease and other serious blood disorders. The Center is known for its comprehensive psychosocial programs and multi-disciplinary approach to patient care. An emphasis on integrating new research efforts into treatment plans allows patients access to leading therapies.