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Jeff Gordon's Children's Hospital partners with Victory Junction

Posted on 05/14/2010

Randleman, NC - Patients at Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital in Charlotte will experience the fun and learning experiences of camp when Victory Junction, a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses, introduces its Hospital Outreach Program (HOP) next week. Pediatric patients and their families are invited to a Kickoff Party on May 20 from 1 to 3 pm in the hospital's NASCAR playroom. Pattie Petty, Victory Junction co-founder and CEO, and members of the Camp team, will bring arts, crafts, games and more to recreate, in a hospital setting, some of the camping experiences that Victory Junction has brought to more than 13,000 children and their families over the past six years.

Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital is the second hospital in North Carolina to partner with Victory Junction on this new initiative. Victory Junction will work with the hospital's physicians, nurses and staff to provide arts and crafts, puppetry and video and music production to hospitalized children in one-on-one visits. Activities are designed to fit the specific needs and abilities of each individual child. The new hospital outreach program, like all Victory Junction camping experiences, is provided at no charge to the participants thanks to the generous donations of organizations, corporations and individuals.

"It's wonderful to have the Victory Junction team bring these engaging activities to our patients," said Brandi Newman, director of women's and children's services. "Victory Junction impacts the lives of so many children and their families, and we are honored to be associated with such a special organization."

Victory Junction staff will visit Jeff Gordon Children's Hospital once a week, with plans to increase the frequency in the future. "Bringing camp to the hospital will provide a truly enjoyable experience for the patients," said Pattie Petty. "And we hope that the increased awareness about the Camp and the life-changing experiences we offer children and their families year round will help increase the number of children who visit the Camp from the Charlotte community."

Victory Junction is a year-round camping environment for children ages six to 16 with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses. Founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam, the camp is located in Randleman, NC. with a second location opening soon in Kansas City, KS. Victory Junction offers programs for 24 disease groups and maintains strong relationships with 30 partner hospitals. Victory Junction's mission is to provide life-changing camping experiences that are exciting, fun and empowering, in a safe and medically-sound environment. As a not-for-profit organization, the camp operates solely through the support of generous donors to provide this experience at no charge to children and their families. For more information or to donate, visit www.victoryjunction.org.

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