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Patients get up close look at race car at Children's of Alabama

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A handful of patients at Children's of Alabama got the chance to see a real race car, Thursday.

"They're very cool," 10-year-old Ace Childs said.

Childs and Bayleigh Phillips, who is also a patient and an honorary crew chief, said the event served as a great distraction.

"We get to get out of there and quit thinking about all the stuff that we're going through," Childs said.

"It's really nice to be able to take a break from that," Phillips said.

Phillips is a 15-year-old brain tumor patient, who has been in and out of treatment for seven years. She says days like Thursday give her what she wants more than anything...normalcy.

"Be able to do things other than treatments that makes you feel like you're a part of everything else," she said.

And a part of something with meaning.

It's what it's all about for Clint Guthrie, who is with Racing for Children's.

"They're battling so much right now with childhood cancer," he said. "When they're able to come out there and get away from that just for a little while...it's amazing."

Patients also got to meet two professional race car drivers who will be participating in this weekend's races at Barber Motor Sports Park.

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