The Telegram (St. John's)

Monsters among us

- BY BETH PENNEY THE TELEGRAM

Spirits were high Friday as children at the Janeway Children’s Hospital went outside for a barbecue and a viewing of the monster truck, Scarlet Bandit.

“This is epic,” said 10 yearold Abbie Fagan, as she looked up at the Scarlet Bandit.

Spirits were high Friday afternoon as children at the Janeway Children’s Hospital took a break from their hospital beds, to get outside for a BBQ and a viewing of the monster truck, Scarlet Bandit.

The driver, Dawn Creden, has been driving monster trucks since 1998. She and her husband are both monster truck drivers, who tour full time.

“We have four kids of our own, so events like this are very important to us,” she said Creden.

Marjorie Scott, division manager at the Janeway, helped to co-ordinate Friday’s event.

“All of the girls here today were really excited to see a female driver,” said Scott.

“As you can see by the turn out here, this event is brightenin­g everybody’s day,” said Scott. “It bring children, families, and staff together, which is what we’re all about.”

Braiden Benmore who suffered a compound fracture to his leg, hoped to be getting out of hospital Friday evening.

“He took it like a champ,” laughed Benmore’s mother. “But at least we got to be here for this.”

Creden, Scarlet Bandit and a host of other monster trucks are in the province as part of the NAPA Auto Parts World Series of Monster Trucks, featured at Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday and Sunday.

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 ?? BETH PENNEY/THE TELEGRAM ?? Braiden Benmore in front of the Scarlet Bandit monster truck outside the Janeway hospital in St. John’s Friday. He even got the Bandit’s driver, Dawn Creden, to sign his cast.
BETH PENNEY/THE TELEGRAM Braiden Benmore in front of the Scarlet Bandit monster truck outside the Janeway hospital in St. John’s Friday. He even got the Bandit’s driver, Dawn Creden, to sign his cast.
 ?? JOE GIBBONS/THE TELEGRAM ?? Dawn Creten, driver of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit, poses with Liam Squires, 5, of Portugal Cove St. Philip’s during a special visit by Creten and her husband Jimmy, who drives Bounty Hunter, Friday at the Janeway in St. John’s.
JOE GIBBONS/THE TELEGRAM Dawn Creten, driver of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit, poses with Liam Squires, 5, of Portugal Cove St. Philip’s during a special visit by Creten and her husband Jimmy, who drives Bounty Hunter, Friday at the Janeway in St. John’s.
 ?? BETH PENNEY/THE TELEGRAM ?? 10 year-old Abbie Fagan had one word to describe the monster truck Scarlet Bandit — “Epic!”
BETH PENNEY/THE TELEGRAM 10 year-old Abbie Fagan had one word to describe the monster truck Scarlet Bandit — “Epic!”
 ?? JOE GIBBONS/THE TELEGRAM ?? Seven-year-old Nevaeh Denine of Goulds shows her opinion of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit outside the Janeway in St. John’s Friday. Nevaeh will be the honourary race starter Saturday Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday as the Scarlet Bandit, Bounty...
JOE GIBBONS/THE TELEGRAM Seven-year-old Nevaeh Denine of Goulds shows her opinion of the monster truck Scarlet Bandit outside the Janeway in St. John’s Friday. Nevaeh will be the honourary race starter Saturday Eastbound Park in Avondale Saturday as the Scarlet Bandit, Bounty...

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