A Cause That’s All In the Family
By Rick Sentine and David S. Newton, neon
Richard Johnson, an inspiring friend of the neon Prolastin-C team, works tirelessly to organize events and fundraisers for children living with Alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency, the leading genetic cause of liver transplantation in children. Richard and his wife have two children affected by the deficiency, for which there is currently no known cure. But today, Richard has been given the opportunity to make a huge gift to Alpha1 research.
As announced on the NASCAR Website, Richard has been named one of four finalists for the 2013 Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Given annually by theNASCAR Foundation, the award honors one dedicated NASCAR fan who has made a profound impact on children in his or her local community. As a finalist, Richard’s charity, the Alpha-1 Foundation, is already guaranteed $25,000. If Richard wins the popular voting for the award, the Foundation will receive $100,000.
Over the last five years, Richard has already raised over $100,000 for Alpha1 research. He created and hosts an annual “Friends for a Cure Golf Tournament,” with proceeds benefitingAlpha-1 Foundation’s research programs. Johnson and his wife also helped launch the Foundation’s “It’s all in The Family” campaign, creating a video testimonial and brochure encouraging families to be tested.
The $100,000 donation for winning the award will provide funds urgently needed to support future and current research programs toward better treatments and a cure for children with Alpha1.
Please encourage your friends and associates to vote for Richard athttp://nas.cr/lQY3. The competition ends on December 5, but participants are allowed to vote once a day until then, which means one person can vote more than 70 times before the competition is over! You can spread the word onFacebook and onTwitter.
Let’s work just as hard as Richard, and help get out the vote!