Caring for a long-term sick or medically needy child is not only a full-time job but a gut-wrenching experience, especially if the long-term prognosis isn’t good. For the children too, months of continued hospital visits, invasive medical procedures and dealing with a life-threatening disease day-to-day can steal what’s left of their own precious childhood.
Giving those children and their families an experience neither will forget can be a vital lifeline, bringing joy and magic into a child’s life in a way that no drug or medical procedure could ever hope to achieve. And it’s that goal which caused Eric and Amity Peterson from Portland Oregon to create Dream Drives for Kids, a non-profit which aims to give sick and medically fragile children a ride in an exotic, high-performance sports car they’ll never forget.
By the time the Charity was six months old, it already had access to an amazing choice of vehicles from Ferraris to Lamborghinis and McLarens to Porsches. Late last year, two plug-in vehicles — a 2015 BMW i8 and Tesla Model S P85D — joined the fun.
On Monday, the Peterson’s own Model S P85D was joined by a fleet of other Tesla Model S P85D cars direct from Tesla Motors at a special Tesla-themed event at the Portland International Raceway.
Its goal? To bring some big smiles to nearly two dozen long-term sick and terminally-ill children and their carers by giving them a chance to experience the Tesla Model S P85D’s legendary 1g, 3.1-second 0-60 mph acceleration time.
As GreenCarReports’ Joel Feder — a Portland local — reports, the event was a roaring success, with plenty of smiles all round as participants and their carers were given a tour of some of the Dream Drives cars, had a chance to sit behind the wheel of a Tesla Model S P85D (while parked, obviously) and then given a drive-experience we hope they never forget.
As with all Dream Drive events, plenty of photographs and video footage was taken for each family, allowing the charity to present each child with a personalised memento of their fun day.
Dream Drive for Kids was founded when the Petersons — who own and operate a successful software company — decided to pay their good fortune forward by offering rides in their own personal dream garage of supercars and high-performance sportscars. A year later and the Dream Drives for Kids charity has become a local phenomenon in Portland, working with local children’s hospitals to provide never-to-be forgotten experiences as well as local owners of exotic and high-performance vehicles willing to provide sick children with the ride of their life.
It has recently launched its Sit and Snap program, matching owners of high-performance cars with families all over the U.S. Unlike its Portland program, Sit and Snap doesn’t promise families a ride, but does enable younger children or those who can’t go for a ride the chance of experiencing a high-end luxury car up close and personal.
Here at Transport Evolved, we’d like to congratulate both Dream Drives for Kids and Tesla Motors for a successful event, and hope this is one of many. In the meantime, if you’d like to volunteer your own vehicle, your time, or your money — or nominate a needy child for a ride — you can do so by visiting the Dream Drive for Kids website.
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