Keselowski spends time at Augusta Fisher House

By: Doug Stutsman
April 18, 2017

Georgia has been good to Brad Keselowski this year, so on Tuesday the NASCAR driver gave back.

Keselowski, who won at Atlanta Motor Speedway on March 5, spent more than an hour at Fisher House off Wrightsboro Road to show appreciation to the families of injured military veterans.

“What an incredible place,” Keselowski told more than a dozen Fisher House residents. “I’m so grateful to be able to come and visit.”

Keselowski has charitable organizations involving military families, including his Checkered Flag Foundation and Race 2 Recovery Program, which allows veterans to sit alongside Keselowski as he makes laps around NASCAR speedways.

On Tuesday, however, marked his first visit to a Fisher House. According to FisherHouse.org, Fisher House Foundation is a network of comfort homes where military and veterans’ families can stay at no cost while a loved one is receiving treatment.

Keselowski hopes to open a Fisher House in Michigan – his home state.

“For us to be the first Fisher House he ever visited – I mean, wow,” said Anne Arnold, the Fisher House manager. “We know he has a very demanding schedule, so this is very special.”

Keselowski spent time with resident Diane Housley, of Turkey, N.C. Housley has lived at Fisher House since September 2015 while her husband is being treated in the spinal cord unit of the Charlie Norwood VA Medical Center.

“I can’t say enough about how much Fisher House has meant to me,” Housley said. “I honestly don’t know what I would have done without it.”

According to Keselowski’s wife, Paige, what stood out most was the length of stay for some residents. The Augusta facility has no limit for how long family members can live there, and the building is at about 85 percent capacity.

There are 20 rooms at the Wrightsboro Road facility.

“I’m overwhelmed right now,” Paige said as her husband signed autographs and gave away miniature No. 2 race cars. “Some of these families have been here for months, even years. It’s hard to imagine the kind of sacrifice their loved ones made for our country.”

After leaving Fisher House, the Keselowskis spent time with injured veterans at the Uptown Division of the VA hospital.

Through seven races this year, Keselowski has won twice, with the latest coming April 2 at Martinsville Speedway. He’ll try to continue his momentum this Sunday at Bristol Motor Speedway.

Keselowski is the only NASCAR driver with more than one win this season.

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