CHARLOTTE, NC (September 4, 2020) - Coming off a his solid 10th place effort at Daytona, Jesse is headed to Darlington and is thrilled to be running the Shriners Hospital for Children paint scheme this weekend. Making it more special is that Jesse is working on becoming a Shriner himself and this weekend he will have some special patients riding along with him on the car.
"Looking forward to this weekend with Shriners supporting both the Xfinity and Gander RV & Outdoors Truck Series," Jesse said. "Very cool to see both David Ragan and myself behind the wheel of Shriners Hospitals for Children themed vehicles this coming weekend at Darlington Raceway"
Continuing with a new tradition of 'on track ambassadors' sharing their thoughts and experiences with 'patient ambassadors', Jesse shared his experience of his first visit to a Shriners Hospital with 2020 National Ambassadors Connor and Mia during a recent zoom call. Jesse's visit was at the Pasadena Hospital in March of this year "I never wiped a smile off my face for the 2-3 hours I was there. I found myself playing with the kids and enjoying all the amenities that hospital had to offer. It was beautiful, and all of the patients and staff were the friendliest people I have ever met." Jesse continued, "I knew for certain I wanted to pursue this (becoming a Shriner), and this was the exclamation point that promised to me that this was something very important to me."
"We are excited to team up with Jesse as he races in support of our life-changing mission," said James R. "Jim" Smith, Imperial Potentate of Shriners International and CEO of Shriners Hospitals for Children. "Our healthcare system has helped nearly 1.5 million children, including Jesse's cousin, April. We are proud of Jesse for sharing his family's story of how Shriners Hospitals have made a difference in their lives, and we are appreciative of his fundraising efforts to help us provide outstanding specialty care to children, regardless of their families' ability to pay."
A fundraising page has been set up to help show your support for Shriners Hospitals for Children and Jesse. Please visit the page here to see how you can help. Sharing the link is encouraged, and every amount donated goes a long way to help make sure patients and their families are cared for regardless of their ability pay. https://donate.lovetotherescue.org/fundraiser/2844282
Don't miss Track-side Live with Jesse from Darlington on Facebook at 10:00 AM Saturday where he will announce the Shriners winners. Submit your questions to Jesse during the live or on Twitter or Instagram. Jesse Little Facebook
Last week Jesse had a great run at Daytona!
"Last Friday night at Daytona proved that taking care of our equipment and running our own smart race can always pay off. I had an extremely fast Skuttle Tight Camaro that JD Motorsports built and all I needed to do was survive the race and bring it home. I'm excited for the good starting position we will have at Darlington and riding the momentum." "We are sitting 16th in the points and it's tight battle for the Top 14 spots we just need to keep finishing these races and we have a good shot to end the season in the Top 14."
About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Our locations in the United States, Canada and Mexico provide advanced care for children with orthopaedic conditions, burns, spinal cord injuries, and cleft lip and palate, regardless of the families' ability to pay.
Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For more information, please visit shrinershospitalsforchildren.org.
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