(CONCORD, NC) - Speedway Children's Charities is pleased to announce a newly formed partnership with Richard and Judy Childress and The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma.

The Childress Institute will work tirelessly and actively to raise awareness of pediatric trauma as the number one killer of our children. Along with Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center, The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma will increase the survival rate for critically injured children and improve the quality of life for those with debilitating injuries.

"The Institute will be the focal point of a national movement to improve the level of pediatric trauma care available across the country," said Richard Childress. "No one wins alone. We will assemble the right team to conquer this national crisis in pediatric trauma."

Saundy Hutto, National Director of New Business Development and Marketing with Speedway Children's Charities, said, "I am very excited to partner with Richard and Judy Childress and the team from Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. My family has had first hand experience with a critically injured child and a trauma team that was ill-equipped for treating a child. I am grateful to Richard and Judy Childress for committing their passion to help children in need across the country."

The Childress Institute for Pediatric Trauma seeks to save the lives of injured children and improve quality of life of those who recover from their injuries. The Institute's comprehensive program will focus on five key areas: Research, Education, Prevention, Public Policy and awareness and Rehabilitation. The Institute also plans to upgrade Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center to a Level 1 Pediatric Trauma Center to serve as a national model for other hospitals.

Please visit http://www.childresspediatrictrauma.org for more information.

About Speedway Children's Charities:
Making a difference in a child's life is the focus of Speedway Children's Charities and we strive to do this in collaboration with the non-profit organizations we support nationwide. Individually, SCC's local chapters identify the needs of children in their communities and award grants to organizations that address them. Together in 2007, we awarded more than $3.3 million to over 510 organizations. www.speedwaycharities.org