Through a grant from Speedway Children's Charities, Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County was able to offer 19 grieving children and teens an opportunity to attend Camp Pit Stop.

The camp is a place where children and teens come together in a fun and supportive setting to meet others who have experienced the death of a loved one and to work through their feelings of grief.

According to the dictionary of auto racing terms, a pit stop is: "An integral part of most racing series where drivers stop in pit row so their crews can change tires, make repairs or adjustments and refuel."

With this definition as the guideline, Camp Pit Stop was designed to be a safe and supportive place where grieving children and teens learn to deal with change resulting from the death of a loved one; make adjustments in how they cope with grief and loss; refuel by not only having full-throttle fun, but also by being with others who have experienced the death of someone they love.

During the three-day camp, trained hospice professionals use art, music, movement and creative recreation to provide children and teens the tools needed to cope with grief and loss. Campers leave the experience with the keys they need to continue on their grief journey.

"Speedway Children's Charities is proud to support Camp Pit Stop and its amazing staff so they can do what they do best, refueling children's spirits," said retired Maj. Gen. Thomas Sadler, executive director of Speedway Children's Charities. "Nothing puts life into perspective like listening to a child express their feelings of grief and watching as another child reaches out in comfort. These children are truly inspiring."

In support of Speedway Children's Charities, many in the racing community contributed to Camp Pit Stop. Lowe's Motor Speedway, Sprint Nextel, Motorsports Authentics, the Ryan Newman Foundation and the NASCAR Foundation provided items for goodie bags and camp décor. Lowe's Motor Speedway's mascot, Lug Nut, was on hand for the closing ceremonies.

About Speedway Children's Charities Speedway Children's Charities is a 501(c)(3) charity that provides funds to organizations that meet the direct needs of children. From mentoring programs to camps for special-needs children, the organization impacts the lives of thousands of children by supporting organizations that work tirelessly to see that their needs are met and that no child is left behind, regardless of illness, social environment or disability.

O. Bruton Smith, CEO of Speedway Motorsports, Inc., founded Speedway Children's Charities in 1984. The organization has dispersed more than $18 million through chapters at all six SMI tracks: Atlanta Motor Speedway, Bristol Motor Speedway, Infineon Raceway, Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Lowe's Motor Speedway at Charlotte and Texas Motor Speedway, as well as chapters in Virginia and Florida.

About Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County Hospice & Palliative Care of Cabarrus County is a special way of caring for people who are terminally ill as well as their families and caregivers. The goal is to help those living with a life-limiting illness spend their last months or weeks as comfortably as possible at home, in a nursing home, assisted living center or in the Hospice House surrounded by family and friends.