Jimmie Johnson Foudation news 2009-09-08

Two Additional Charities Selected for Johnson& ...

Two Additional Charities Selected for Johnson’s Helmet of Hope
Loaves & Fishes and CureSearch Newest Additions

CONCORD, N.C. -- Loaves & Fishes (Charlotte, N.C.) and CureSearch (Bethesda, Md.) are the two latest charities to be featured on the Jimmie Johnson Foundation Helmet of Hope, the race helmet Johnson will wear during the Sprint Cup Series event at Auto Club Speedway in October.

NASCAR Scene's Bob Pockrass nominated Loaves & Fishes. Believing that all people in our community should be able to meet their basic hunger needs and that we are called to share our resources, Loaves & Fishes' mission is to provide groceries and support to people in crisis.

"Loaves and Fishes provides groceries to those in crisis in the Charlotte area and plays a critical role in the community in these economic times," said Pockrass. "I appreciate the opportunity to help increase awareness of this organization as well as all the others as part of the Helmet of Hope program."

Heidi Milhous of Uniontown, Ohio nominated CureSearch, a National Childhood Cancer Foundation dedicated to raising private funds for childhood cancer research for the Children's Oncology Group, the world's largest cooperative cancer research organization.

In choosing this organization, Milhous said, "On November 24, 2008, our daughter, Hannah, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia. She is 3 years old. Hannah has endured seven months of intense chemotherapy, all of which was inpatient. Currently, she is in remission and we hope and pray that she stays that way."

"Hannah is an avid fan of sports and would love to see CureSearch on Jimmie's helmet," added Milhous. "CureSearch is a place we continue to use for information concerning our daughter's illness. It is an organization devoted to finding a cure for childhood cancer, a cure we hope is found soon for the sake of our daughter and countless other children. Many people are not aware of CureSearch and I believe that featuring it on Jimmie's helmet will give it the national attention it so desperately needs."

Lowe's Toolbox for Education also is featured on the helmet. The foundation is partnering with the Lowe's program to raise funds for education initiatives in Johnson's hometown of El Cajon, Calif. The funds will be raised through the 3rd-Annual Jimmie Johnson Foundation Golf Tournament to be held on Oct. 7 in San Diego.

Johnson will draw two charities each race weekend through the New Hampshire event in September, collecting a total of 12 winning organizations. Current selected charities include Victory Junction (Randleman, N.C.), Zepp Children's Foundation (Westminster, Md.), National Multiple Sclerosis Society Mid Atlantic Chapter (Charlotte, N.C.), KidsPeace (Raleigh, N.C.), Special Operations Warrior Foundation (Tampa, Fla.) and The Taylor Brooks Foundation (Lawrenceville, Ga.). Each winning charity will receive a $1,048 donation in addition to proceeds from the sale of a Helmet of Hope t-shirt.

Fans can nominate their charity or order a t-shirt by visiting, www.jimmiejohnsonfoundation.org.

-credit: jjf

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