Pippa Mann visits Riley transplant patients for "Donate Life Month"

Pippa Mann created artwork with Willow, an 8-year-old transplant patient at Riley Hospital for Children.

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) - In recognition of "Donate Life Month," IndyCar driver Pippa Mann made a pit stop at Riley Hospital for Children at IU Health.

Pippa went room to room Monday, meeting young transplant patients who are now awaiting organs to save their lives. Her visit included doing a race car art project with a patient named Willow.

The 8-year-old is now an outpatient. She recently received a liver transplant after just nine days on the wait list. She says the gift changed her life immediately.

"Well I'm really happy, because I don't itch anymore and it was really hard to sleep and I kept waking up at night. But I don't itch anymore and it's a lot easier to do stuff!" she said.

"This is kind of the point of the program," Mann said. "This is what it's about when you choose to donate life and give the gift of life and the donation decision. It's to know you help people like Willow go on and live really cool lives!"

Willow's parents are huge Indy 500 fans, but she's never been to the race. Pippa says plans are in the works to get her out to an Indy 500 practice next month.