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Monster Truck Driver Visits Pediatric Unit at Mayo Clinic Health System

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ONALASKA, Wis. (WXOW) - Children at the Mayo Clinic Health System-Franciscan Healthcare Pediatric hospital had a special visitor Friday.

Macey Nichter, 18, who's the second-youngest driver to ever enter the sport of monster truck racing, stop by to see the children at the medical center.

One of the patients she visited was Lindsey Nerby, a five-year-old Taylor, Wisconsin girl fighting off a case of pneumonia. Nerby, who has seen monster trucks races with her family, was so excited to see Nichter that she gave the young driver lots of hugs and wished her the best of luck at the monster truck races being held at the La Crosse Center this weekend.

"Usually I go around and speak to middle and elementary schools to talk about bullying. But today I decided to visit a hospital instead," said Nichter. "These kids are stuck seeing only a hospital room, with nurses and their parents all day long. So I wanted to come and visit them to hopefully give them something to brighten their Valentine's Day."

"It was fantastic to have her visit," said Shannon Klar, Director of Patient Care for 9th floor at Mayo Clinic Health System. "We work really hard to keep kids out of the hospital. However, when kids do get sick and need our care in the facility, we try and give them things that will help entertain them. This was a wonderful opportunity to bring a young eager individual to help bring a little cheer to our young patients and their families."

This was Nichter's first ever visit to a pediatric hospital wing. She hopes to make this an annual visit when she and her family compete here in La Crosse.

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