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Pattie Petty

Featured on Woman to Woman on November 14, 2009.

Victory Junction was once just a dream, but in 2004 that dream became a reality for the thousands of children and families that would grace its grounds. After the loss of her son Adam Petty in 2000, Pattie Petty channeled her grief to a greater cause -- fulfilling Adam's dream to provide children with chronic medical conditions and serious illnesses a haven of normalcy, complete with life-changing camping experiences.

As Petty worked to turn this dream into reality, she and her husband, Kyle, became involved with the Association of Hole in the Wall Camps founded by Paul Newman. With guidance from Newman's program, Petty utilized her and her family's relationships within the NASCAR industry to raise the funds.

Victory Junction opened in June 2004. Through her tireless efforts, Petty gained recognition as an inspirational philanthropic pioneer throughout the motorsports industry. As the co-founder of Victory Junction, Petty serves as both chief executive officer and chairman of the board.

Under Petty's leadership, more than 12,000 children with chronic medical conditions -- and their families -- have benefited from the feelings of empowerment and independence that are fostered through their camp experience.

In Feb. 2008, Victory Junction announced plans to open a second facility in Kansas City, Kan., to serve children and families in the Midwest. Fundraising efforts for this new camp are ongoing as plans develop.

In addition to her leadership role at Victory Junction, Petty has served as a board member at Brenner Children's Hospital in Winston-Salem, N.C., and is a past president of the Sprint Cup Racing Wives Auxiliary. She and her husband were recognized in 2007 as one of WebMD's Health Heroes. She is also on the board of the Kyle Petty Charity Ride.

Petty has a master's degree in Child Developmental Psychology and an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Development.

Website: www.victoryjunction.org/

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