Coca-Cola 600 Pit Note #11
Coca-Cola Supports Victory Junction – A Coca-Cola promotion run in conjunction with Kangaroo Express raised $634,000 – enough to send more than 250 children to Victory Junction, a camp for children with chronic medical conditions or serious illnesses.
Coca-Cola will present the check to Victory Junction officials prior to the start of Sunday’s Coca-Cola 600 at Charlotte Motor Speedway.
Victory Junction was founded by Kyle and Pattie Petty in honor of their son Adam in 2004. The cost of sending a child to camp for one week is $2,500, but thanks to donations and volunteers no family pays that amount.
“[This donation] is among the largest amount raised as a single fundraiser for Victory Junction,” Kyle Petty said. “It will have a significant impact in these children’s lives.”
Cancer Screenings – Dr. Girish “Gilly” Munavalli of Salisbury, N.C., set up temporary shop outside the Charlotte Motor Speedway Media Center Saturday, providing free skin cancer screenings for media, crew and fans in honor of Skin Cancer Awareness Month.
Munavalli said he had identified at least eight patients with cancerous moles and referred them to healthcare professionals in their hometowns.
“The last thing we’d want is for them to go home and forget about it,” Munavalli said. “We’re here to raise awareness and educate.”
Skin cancer is the most common of all cancers, with approximately 500,000 Americans expected to be diagnosed with some form of the disease this year.