On Thursday, June 22, David Ragan visited Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California on his way to the Sonoma Raceway to compete in the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series on Sunday, June 25. Ragan signed autographs for kids and unveiled a banner of his newest car design. Ragan’s car — number 38 — sports a Shriners Hospital logo. Ragan, who also is a Shriner, designated Shriners Hospitals for Children as his official charity.
Local Ben Ali Shriners Robert Tamblyn, Michael Barta and Dave Kubel welcomed Ragan to the Northern California hospital and helped him unveil his Superheroes of Summer cape, which Ragan dons as the official safety ambassador for Shriners Hospital. Shriners kids signed the back of the cape, an act one might describe as a symbolic seal of approval.
With cape in hand, Ragan shifted gears and guided kids to four interactive stations – or pit stops – equipped with summer safety information.
“As a father and Shriner, I know that a fun-filled day can take an unexpected turn when an accident occurs” says Ragan. “Shriners Hospitals and I want to provide families with simple ways to reduce the risk of childhood injuries so that kids can enjoy a safe summer.”
Isaac, an 8-year-old NASCAR enthusiast who will join Ragan at the Sonoma Raceway as a patient ambassador, also was at the hospital to greet Ragan.