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Female Race Car Driver to Visit MeritCare Childrens Hospital

Natalie Sather, a female race car driver originally from Fargo, is visiting children and their families at MeritCare Children's Hospital.

Natalie Sather, a 24-year old female race car driver originally from Fargo, will visit ill and injured children at MeritCare Children's Hospital at 2 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 29.

In 2009 Sather is competing with the NASCAR All American Whelen series through the Drive for Diversity Program at Evergreen Speedway in Monroe, Wash., driving a Super Late Model car.

Sather says she's always known she wanted to work with cars. She started racing go-karts at age 8, traveling with her mom to races across the region. In 2002 she made the jump to sprint cars and was involved in a serious crash that required several surgeries. Amazingly, she came back later that season to post two top-ten finishes. The 2008 season was very successful finishing Top Ten in the Knoxville Raceway Point Standings, also becoming the first women to receive the 360 Rookie of the Year Award.

Sather, who describes herself as the girliest tomboy you'll ever meet was also second runner-up in the Miss North Dakota pageant. Sather will be part of a special program at MeritCare Children's Hospital that brings in role models to help children heal by letting kids get back to the business of being kids and forget about their injury or illness for a short time.

Children's Hospital Information

MeritCare Children's Hospital offers highly specialized care for babies, children and teens. With 60 beds it includes a pediatric unit, a pediatric intensive care unit and a neonatal intensive care unit. As a member of the National Association of Children's Hospitals and Related Institutions (NACHRI), MeritCare Children's Hospital is affiliated with 170 premier children's hospitals across the nation.