Colorado’s first NASCAR replica and simulator built for pediatric patients was unveiled last Monday in our lobby. The Dream Racer was sponsored by long time community members, Patricia and Glen Murray.
The miniature NASCAR racing replica, with integrated Sony Playstation gaming console, has been typically utilized for its fun factor. In fact, designer and owner of Dream Racers, Mark “Smitty” Smith, originally designed the cars as a way for hospitalized children suffering from terminal diseases to forget about their condition and treatment. PVMC will be taking the car one step further and using it for physical therapy; specifically motor skill and sensory training with patients.
“We see a large number of children with sensory issues and the dream racer will serve a number of purposes to aide in treatment,” explains Christine Buzzell of PVMC’s physical medicine department. “For kids who have difficulty expressing and/or verbalizing, the dream racer can be used to cultivate curiosity and expressiveness in those children. For kids that find it difficult to focus, follow instructions, or control emotions, the dream racer is a great tool for improving attention span and focusing on specific tasks.”
Until now, dream racers have only been purchased for esteemed children’s hospitals such as Levine children’s hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina and Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children in Orlando, Florida. Since the first creation, the cars have become popular donations from celebrities like the six-time platinum rock band “3 Doors Down” and five-time NASCAR series champion Jimmie Johnson.
The Dream Racer delivery was a hit and was featured on all five Denver TV stations. To watch the press coverage, follow these links: