Camp for seriously ill kids helps Ada...

Camp for seriously ill kids helps Adam Petty's smile live on

There are 17 comments on the South Florida Sun-Sentinel story from Nov 13, 2007, titled Camp for seriously ill kids helps Adam Petty's smile live on. In it, South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports that:

When Abbi Driggers, 8, surveys her surroundings at Victory Junction Gang Camp and says, "I think it's heaven," she might just have a point.

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junior fan

Fort Lauderdale, FL

#1 Nov 14, 2007
a big high 5 to the pettys for doing this in the wake of their own tragedy. the outpouring of support from otherwise selfish drivers is amazing. so many drivers have supported the efforts of the pettys to bring to fruition this great place for sick kids. hats off.all of us race fans are well aware of this wonderful camp and whole hearted support from the drivers.

i assume this article is a timely way to express what people here dont know.-timely for the holmstead race next weekend.
Sorry

United States

#2 Nov 14, 2007
I am sorry but if this article does not conjure up visions of Dereck Zoolander's School for Kids Who Don't Read Good, than you have no sence of humor!
Been There

United States

#3 Nov 14, 2007
Our family had the honor of having a personal tour of the Victory Junction Camp this past summer. The care and concern of the entire staff and counselors is absolutely amazing. Although the camp may be in a rural part of North Carolina, the entire community shows support for the camp and the families who are visiting.

The NASCAR drivers and families show that fame and fortune can and is used for a better cause. The world may think that the drivers and fans are a bunch of mentally challenged alcohol consuming heathens, but I don't hear of the NFL,NBA,NHL or other professional sports players rallying around a similar cause.

The volunteers that arrive from all over the Southest U.S. give something more than just their time. The staff member that gave our family the personal tour had a story for every building and site that we stopped at. Knowing that Pattie and Kyle Petty are there on a daily basis helping and caring for children in need is something that they don't have to do, but yet find it as a priority in their busy lives.

After saying our goodbyes to all at the camp, our teenage sons informed us that they want to volunteer their time as counselors for the kids. Can parents be more proud of the actions of their own children more than that?

May God bless the Petty family and all involved in this great charitable cause.

Since: Apr 07

Green Valley, AZ

#4 Nov 14, 2007
Didn't read the whole article. Don't need to. It's a great place for those kids. How many other camps can give them that experience? None.

Great idea Adam. RIP. Thanks to Richard, Kyle, and Patty for making it happen. Thanks to Michael & Buffy for running marathons and having parties to raise millions for the camp, thanks to Tony Stewart for all he does, and thanks to anyone at all who donates to that camp. No matter how big or small the donation is. The money helps.
SHERRI

Auburn, AL

#5 Nov 14, 2007
THANK GOD FOR OUR NASCAR FAMILY! THIS WAS TRULY A WONDERFUL STORY. MAY GOD BLESS THE PETTY'S AND ALL OF THE NASCAR FAMILY
jeffer

Tallahassee, FL

#6 Nov 14, 2007
NASCAR drivers are the best - you hear much pub. 2 weeks ago when Jimmy Johnson won at Atlanta and donated his entire winnings to the fire relief in CA - matching funds from corp. sponsors too donated - NO THAT DIDN'T GET MUCH WELL DESERVED AIR TIME - just more show-off, me, me clowns like T. O. Chad and this other performing for the tv monkeys got all the face time.
GO TONY GO

United States

#7 Nov 14, 2007
READING SOMETHING LIKE THIS STORY BRINGS TEARS TO MY EYES AND A LUMP IN MY THROAT. IT REALLY BRINGS LIFES LITTLE SILLINESS AND ANGER IN CHECK. IT MAKES YOU REALIZE HOW MATURE AND INSIGHTFUL ADAM WAS AT HIS AGE WITH HIS VISION AND SMILE. MAY GOD SMILE DOWN ON ALL THERE FAMILIES AND CHILDREN WHO SUFFER TO MUCH. AND SMILE DOWN ON THOSE DRIVERS AND OTHERS WHO HELP SPREAD ADAM'S SMILE.
Dillinger

Miami, FL

#8 Nov 14, 2007
junior fan wrote:
a big high 5 to the pettys for doing this in the wake of their own tragedy. the outpouring of support from otherwise selfish drivers is amazing. so many drivers have supported the efforts of the pettys to bring to fruition this great place for sick kids. hats off.all of us race fans are well aware of this wonderful camp and whole hearted support from the drivers.
i assume this article is a timely way to express what people here dont know.-timely for the holmstead race next weekend.
Kyle Petty won an award, I don't know how many times, but it just amazes me. He was voted Most Caring Athlete of the Year and I bet that award means more to him than any of this wins! He must be an incredibly caring human being!!
Dillinger

Miami, FL

#9 Nov 14, 2007
jeffer wrote:
NASCAR drivers are the best - you hear much pub. 2 weeks ago when Jimmy Johnson won at Atlanta and donated his entire winnings to the fire relief in CA - matching funds from corp. sponsors too donated - NO THAT DIDN'T GET MUCH WELL DESERVED AIR TIME - just more show-off, me, me clowns like T. O. Chad and this other performing for the tv monkeys got all the face time.
I heard about it and like you, was so proud of him. Didn't someone, a commentator, mention that Jimmie once considered being a firefighter when he was a kid? Anyway, whatever he would have done, it is obvious he would have been great at it.

Since: Aug 07

AOL

#10 Nov 14, 2007
Wasn't this something Adam wanted to do before he died? His family carried through his wishes. There's absolutely nothing bad I can see about this. It's also a way for his family to grieve and do something in his name. I think it's great !
Carolyn

Erie, PA

#11 Nov 14, 2007
Sorry wrote:
I am sorry but if this article does not conjure up visions of Dereck Zoolander's School for Kids Who Don't Read Good, than you have no sence of humor!
Might I ask what your comment means? Please enlighten me.

“Bye old girl, you been great. ”

Since: Feb 07

Bradenton, FL

#12 Nov 14, 2007
Lets go racing wrote:
Wasn't this something Adam wanted to do before he died? His family carried through his wishes. There's absolutely nothing bad I can see about this. It's also a way for his family to grieve and do something in his name. I think it's great !
yes Adam wanted to do something like VJG, before he passed on. I agree the place is magical for those kids who just want to be normal for a day.
Dillinger

Miami, FL

#13 Nov 14, 2007
Been There wrote:
Our family had the honor of having a personal tour of the Victory Junction Camp this past summer. The care and concern of the entire staff and counselors is absolutely amazing. Although the camp may be in a rural part of North Carolina, the entire community shows support for the camp and the families who are visiting.
The NASCAR drivers and families show that fame and fortune can and is used for a better cause. The world may think that the drivers and fans are a bunch of mentally challenged alcohol consuming heathens, but I don't hear of the NFL,NBA,NHL or other professional sports players rallying around a similar cause.
The volunteers that arrive from all over the Southest U.S. give something more than just their time. The staff member that gave our family the personal tour had a story for every building and site that we stopped at. Knowing that Pattie and Kyle Petty are there on a daily basis helping and caring for children in need is something that they don't have to do, but yet find it as a priority in their busy lives.
After saying our goodbyes to all at the camp, our teenage sons informed us that they want to volunteer their time as counselors for the kids. Can parents be more proud of the actions of their own children more than that?
May God bless the Petty family and all involved in this great charitable cause.
Thanks for sharing your story with us. It is truly enlightening!!

“RACING RULES ”

Since: Jan 07

Longview, Tx

#14 Nov 14, 2007
I would love to volunteer as a nurse or as a counselor some summer. In the hospital I work in we have kids who are sick but not chronically or terminally ill. I think it would be an life changing experience.
DPaganucci

Kernersville, NC

#15 Nov 16, 2007
Victory Junction Camp is a wonderful place that serve a wonderful purpose. When I here preople refering to the drivers as a bunch idiots driving in circles, all I have to do is think about the amount of work these drivers do and smile at the those who do not truly know.

As a added note: VJGC is associated with Paul Newman's Hole-In-the-Wall group of camps that are spread world-wide. If you want to see the whole extent of this opportunity set for children, go to -- www.holeinthewallcamps.org
Dillinger

Miami, FL

#16 Nov 20, 2007
DPaganucci wrote:
Victory Junction Camp is a wonderful place that serve a wonderful purpose. When I here preople refering to the drivers as a bunch idiots driving in circles, all I have to do is think about the amount of work these drivers do and smile at the those who do not truly know.
As a added note: VJGC is associated with Paul Newman's Hole-In-the-Wall group of camps that are spread world-wide. If you want to see the whole extent of this opportunity set for children, go to -- www.holeinthewallcamps.org
I knew Paul Newman did lots of things for children, but didn't know he was associated with Nascar. Thanks for the info!
Jules

Indian Trail, NC

#17 Nov 20, 2007
Hi All! Let me just speak from a little experience here....this place is as magical as you imagine it to be. I have volunteered at Camp several times and seriously, I think I have more fun than the kids do. I would strongly encourage any and all of you to fill out an application and volunteer your time to this amazing place! You can go to www.victoryjunction.org and check out the information under How Can You Help. This place will truly change your life!:-) Feel Your Heart Race!

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