Dallas – October 27, 2004 – Native Texan Carroll Shelby drove into Dallas in one of his 1965 427 Cobra’s with a $25,000 donation for the Children’s Medical Center Dallas on October 15, 2004. The legendary racecar driver and automotive innovator presented a check on behalf of the Carroll Shelby Children’s FoundationÔ before visiting children at the hospital.
“I have a special place in my heart for Texas,” said Mr. Shelby. “I grew up here and many of my family continue to live in the area, so I’m pleased to give back to this community. I created the Foundation because too many children have their lives cut short without financial assistance. Children’s Medical Center is doing great things and I hope this donation will help these kids get the care they need.”
Children’s Medical Center Dallas is one of the largest pediatric medical centers in the United States and provides care to more than 325,000 children annually. The hospital is known for its comprehensive pediatric ICU, specialty outpatient clinics and state-of-the-art emergency center.
“We are grateful for Mr. Shelby’s philanthropic ‘drive!’ And we are very appreciative that he cared enough to visit with some of the children and families who benefit from his generosity, and that of others,” said David Krause, Senior Vice President, Office of Development at Children’s Medical Center. “Philanthropy is vital to Children’s life-changing mission, and gifts from generous donors are the bedrock of Children’s philanthropic support.”
Programs the donation will support include:
Indigent Care Fund – Revenue from patient care does not cover the cost of new services, renovations and indigent care at Children’s. The money assigned to this program from the Foundation will assist patients who do not have the means to meet their financial responsibilities.
New Dialysis Center – Children’s is expanding their Kidney Dialysis center from 5 to 10 beds in a new center that will be in a brand new wing with a view of downtown Dallas. With most kids in this center on average of 3-4 hours a visit, 2 or 3 times a week, the center will give kids a lot more space and care and each child will be assigned a locker where they will be able to keep their personal items.
Coronary Care / Transplant – The facility did over 700 heart surgeries last year and around 10 heart transplants each year. Funds will support the Cardiac Intensive care unit in 2001, which further enhanced the pre- and post – operative care of their patients and improves outcomes.
Charity care – Care is the primary concern regardless of families’ ability to pay. Patients at Children’s have received more than $200 million in uncompensated care in the past five years. Children’s provides on-site education to the family, pediatrician or family physician, school, day care and peer group.
Mr. Shelby is the oldest and longest living double organ recipient. He received a heart in 1990 and then his son Mike, a Dallas resident, donated a kidney to Mr. Shelby in 1996. He created the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation in October 1991. The organization is dedicated to providing assistance for acute coronary and kidney care for young people.
Funding for the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation comes from programs conducted throughout the year, including donations in exchange for Carroll Shelby’s Autograph. Fans may send car parts and memorabilia along with a designated donation to the Foundation to receive an authentic autograph.
Carroll Shelby has enjoyed success in virtually every sports car and formula series in the world. In 1959, he won the famous 24 hours of Le Mans and was named Sports Car Illustrated’s “Driver of the Year.” Retiring from racing due to a heart ailment, he founded Shelby American and created the Cobra sports car in 1962. He was responsible for the Shelby G.T.350 and helped create the Dodge Viper.
Carroll Shelby and designer Chip Foose were part of Unique Performance Fest 2004, a high performance vehicle show at one of the companies that builds Shelby continuation cars based on vintage Ford Mustangs. Classic and new cars, as well as motorcycles from across the region were on display at the North Texas Shelby Continuation Car Factory.
About the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation
Legendary racer and automotive manufacturer Carroll Shelby created the Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation in October 1991. The organization is dedicated to providing assistance for acute coronary and kidney care for young people who share many of the same afflictions. To date, the Foundation has helped numerous children and provided seed monies to launch similar programs. The Foundation also provides grants to organizations conducting research in coronary and organ transplant management.
For more information, visit www.shelbychildrensfoundation.org or call (310) 327-5072. The Carroll Shelby Children’s Foundation is at 19021 South Figueroa Street, Gardena, Calif. 90248.