When Diana, a client of AgeRight Care at Home, was a child, she remembers sitting on her father’s lap and helping steer his big Mercury Montego. “My dad was a fast driver,” she says, and that love for speed has persisted throughout her life.
Recently while talking to Andrew Robottom, one of her AgeRight nurses, Diana happened to share her childhood dream to be a race car driver. Seeing an opportunity to create a bucket list experience she’d never forget, the AgeRight team helped arrange for her to take a few fast laps at Portland International Raceway through the New Chapters program.
While family members, friends, AgeRight staff and other spectators cheered, Diana got into a Porsche 911 GT-3 driven by Todd Harris of ProDrive Driving School. “I don’t plan to die in a fiery crash,” she said nervously before the two of them roared down the track. “But if I do, I’ll be doing something I love.”
The two of them reached a top speed of 142 miles per hour, before returning safely. “It was fast and fabulous,” said Diana as the car came to a stop. “I felt my stomach in my throat a couple times, but it was great.”
For Alder Kool, a recruiting coordinator for Marquis, Consonus and AgeRight, being able to witness first-hand the happiness the New Chapters program can bring was an awesome experience. “Honestly, this is one of the main reasons I chose to work here,” she said.
Reflecting on her exhilarating ride, Diana considered the experience an integral part of the great care she’s been receiving. “It’s about living my life, and helping me do something that brought me great joy,” she said. “It’s empowering in both my physical and mental recovery.”