In 2015, Krispy Kreme Challenge race directors presented a proceeds check to Raleigh’s Rex Hospital and pledged to raise an additional $1 million in support of the hospital and North Carolina children and families. Now, Park Scholars are celebrating an achievement nearly two decades in the making.
Dr. Stephanie Davis, chair of the Department of Pediatrics at UNC Children’s Hospital, and nurses were invited to NC State in honor of the milestone.
“We are so grateful to the Park Scholars and to all those who participated in the Krispy Kreme Challenge,” Davis says. “Their generous support of UNC Children’s and the NC State Park Scholars Children’s Specialty Clinic in Raleigh has had a significant impact on the health of hundreds of children and families across North Carolina.”
Through a global pandemic, the 18-year NC State tradition persisted. Though the race has taken place virtually for the past two years, Krispy Kreme Challenge organizers say the community has continued to support the challenge to meet the commitment to UNC Children’s Hospital.
“What began in 2004 as a dare between friends has transformed into the No. 1 NC State student tradition and an event that draws participants from all across the United States as well as the world,” says Megan Cislo ’23, Krispy Kreme Challenge director of public relations and merchandise. “Yet 18 years later, our mission remains the same: to provide for the health care and well-being of children from all across North Carolina.”
Over 85,000 patients have been treated at the NC State Park Scholars Children’s Specialty Clinic since it opened in 2019. Named in honor of the Park Scholars who created the race in 2004, the clinic offers a wide range of medical care for children from across North Carolina.
The Krispy Kreme Challenge remains UNC Children’s Hospital’s largest unrestricted donor. As the challenge garners support year after year, Park Scholars press on to new goals and next year’s race.
This article was originally published by NC State News.