The Southern Arizona Mustang Club donated two battery-powered Mustang toy cars to Banner Children’s-Diamond Children’s Medical Center on Friday so young patients can drive themselves into the operating room.

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Thanks to a donation of two miniature Mustang vehicles, children will be able to ride in style as they prepare for surgery at Banner-University Medical Center.

Members of the Southern Arizona Mustang Club donated two battery-operated toy cars on Friday to Banner Children’s-Diamond Children’s Medical Center. The vehicles will allow children to drive themselves from their pre-operative station in to the operating room.

“We’ve seen from other children’s hospitals that young patients going into surgery are more relaxed and under less stress when they drive themselves to the OR,” said Roy Keller of the Mustang Club, who also works as surgical first assistant in cardiothoracic surgery at Banner–UMC.

Kara Snyder, Banner-UMC perioperative director, said the hospital strives to create a calming environment for children preparing for surgery and the cars will help reduce their anxiety.

Each of the Power Wheels Mustangs cost about $300.

The Southern Arizona Mustang Club was established in Tucson 53 years ago.