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Monster trucks make special pitstop at the Janeway Children’s Hospital in St. John's

Seven-year-old Nevaeh Denine of Goulds shows her opinion of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit outside the Janeway in St. John’s Friday. Nevaeh will be the honourary race starter Saturday Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday as the Scarlet Bandit, Bounty Hunter and other monster trucks take part in the NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks.
Seven-year-old Nevaeh Denine of Goulds shows her opinion of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit outside the Janeway in St. John’s Friday. Nevaeh will be the honourary race starter Saturday Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday as the Scarlet Bandit, Bounty Hunter and other monster trucks take part in the NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks.

“This is epic,” said 10 year-old Abbie Fagan, as she looked up at the Scarlet Bandit. Spirits were high Friday afternoon as children at the Janeway Children’s Hospital took a break from their hospital beds, to get outside for a BBQ and a viewing of the monster truck, Scarlet Bandit.

10 year-old Abbie Fagan had one word to describe the monster truck Scarlet Bandit — “Epic!”

The driver, Dawn Creten, has been driving monster trucks since 1998. She and her husband are both monster truck drivers, who tour full time.

“We have four kids of our own, so events like this are very important to us,” she said Creten.

Marjorie Scott, division manager at the Janeway, helped to co-ordinate Friday’s event.

“All of the girls here today were really excited to see a female driver,” said Scott.

“As you can see by the turn out here, this event is brightening everybody’s day,” said Scott. “It bring children, families, and staff together, which is what we're all about."

Braiden Benmore in front of the Scarlet Bandit monster truck outside the Janeway hospital in St. John’s Friday. He even got the Bandit’s driver, Dawn Creden, to sign his cast.

Braiden Benmore who suffered a compound fracture to his leg, hoped to be getting out of hospital Friday evening.

“He took it like a champ,” laughed Benmore's mother. “But at least we got to be here for this.”

Creden, Scarlet Bandit and a host of other monster trucks are in the province as part of the NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks, featured at Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday and Sunday.

Dawn Creten, driver of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit, poses with Liam Squires, 5, of Portugal Cove St. Philip’s during a special visit by Creten and her husband Jimmy, who drives Bounty Hunter, Friday at the Janeway in St. John’s.

The Janeway visit was made possible by Eastbound Speedway, Action Truck Accessories, and The Telegram.

 

beth.penney@tc.tc

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