Tesla Cheers Up Sick Kids With Rides In Model S – Video
Don’t we all have a soft spot for sick kids?
In mid-March, Tesla Motors teamed up with Dream Drives For Kids to offer sick kids a ride in the Model S at the Portland International Raceway.
This video is from those drives.
Via Oregon Live, here’s a summary of the events:
Buckled up in their carseats, two 3-year-old twin brothers counted down to acceleration inside a Tesla Model S.
Benjamin starts the countdown from five and his brother Zevi repeats after him.
As soon as Benjamin says “Go!” driver Eric Peterson slams on the accelerator and they’re off, speeding up to 110 miles per hour on the Portland International Raceway.
One trip around the track and the boys are ready for a second lap.
“What my wife, my family and our friends are trying to do with Dream Drives for Kids is create that kind of joy,” said Peterson.
Peterson owns exotic cars and after speaking with a friend who is an employee at Doernbecher’s Children Hospital, he came up with the idea for this organization, giving sick children access to Ferraris, Lamborghinis and Porsches.
“To get out of the hospitals, get away from medicines, get off of chemotherapy and just come and smile and laugh and all the things that these cars enable us to do.”
Tesla’s involvement is as follows:
“The experience was part of an individual ride given by the Petersons and Dream Drives for Kids. Through a partnership with Tesla Motors, the California-based electric car company hosted a day on the Portland International Raceway bringing along a fleet of Tesla Model S sedans for nearly 25 area patients.”
And guess what? This is just the start of Dream Drives for Kids, which will now tour the country seeking children in “need of some accelerated healing,” says Oregon Live.