Classic cars, pit beef and R/C monster trucks drew crowds to the parking lot of National Rehab Hospital (NRH) on Sunday. The Pasadena location of NRH, located in the MedStar Health Park, provides occupational, physical and hand therapy to patients with physical disabilities caused by conditions such as stroke, arthritis, multiple sclerosis, spinal cord and brain injuries.
“We're trying to accomplish two goals today,” said Kim Shorter, “First, we want to draw in the community and let them know who we are and what we do. Also, we are holding raffles and other fund raisers to bring in money for our Patient Assistance Fund.”
According to Shorter, who serves as a clinic assistant at NRH, the Patient Assistance Fund goes toward offsetting financial costs of patients who are receiving rehabilitative care. “With these kinds of injuries,” explained Shorter, “medical bills can add up really fast. Even patients who have insurance are hit with a great deal of coinsurance and co-pays, and this fund helps them with the costs if they are having a hard time with the financial obligation.”
Pasadena resident Sam Sample brought his car to the event. “We all enjoy showing our cars. It's really nice to know we're also helping out a good cause by coming down.”
Bill Criss, owns an auto customization business, and brought one of his cars to the show after hearing about the opportunity from a friend. “I'm a car enthusiast,” said Criss, “I like all kinds of cars, and it's both fun to show my own car and to check out the cars that others bring to the show.”
Also present at the event were representatives from the No Limit R/C Monster Truck Racing group. The group, who hosts events such as R/C Monster Truck races and R/C racing classes, set up ramps and entertained attendees by performing racing and jumping demonstrations.
Vendors selling pit beef and racing merchandise rounded out the event.
Lauren Tyson, NRH's client director, spoke excitedly about the success of the event. “Even with the heat, there seems to be great attendance. We're happy to get the word out in the community about the things we do here at NRH, and we're really hoping to raise money for our patients who need help meeting their financial obligations.”