Special Operations Warrior Foundation and The Taylor Brooks Foundation Latest Charities Chosen

CONCORD, N.C. –  Special Operations Warrior Foundation (Tampa, Fla.) and The Taylor Brooks Foundation (Lawrenceville, Ga.) have been selected as the 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.

Greg Engle, who covers NASCAR for the NASCAR Examiner, nominated the Special Operations Warrior Foundation, which provides college educations to surviving children of fallen Army, Navy, Air Force and Marine Corps special operations personnel who lose their lives in combat or training.  They also provide immediate financial assistance for special operations personnel severely wounded in action.

“I can cite more then one case when representatives from the SOWF helped a family of wounded solider during a very stressful time,” said Engle, a retired US Army veteran with over 23 years of service.
“They not only helped financially but also acted as a liaison to help families navigate the often confusing maze of the government allowing a family to receive all the help they could when they needed it the most.”

Jacki Wilbourne of Lawrenceville, Ga. nominated The Taylor Brooks Foundation. The mission of the group is to serve patients, families and doctors dealing with rare forms of childhood cancer through increasing the visibility of childhood cancer, humanitarian support of the patients and care-givers, resources to analyze and implement treatment options and resources to research new treatments.

In choosing this organization, Wilbourne said, “Taylor Brooks was an amazing 14 year old young lady. Even in the midst of her brief time after she was diagnosed with a rare cancer, she organized a Christmas party and raised money to benefit the patients (children), their families and the hospital staff to make their time a little easier during their treatments.

“What a legacy this young lady left and with only eight months to accomplish so much from the time she was diagnosed until the time she passed.  This beautiful child touched my heart and has opened my eyes to do more for the community.”

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.) and KidsPeace (Raleigh, N.C.). 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.

For more information about these charities visit www.taylorbrooksfoundation.org andhttp://www.specialops.org.

If you are interested in doing a story on the Helmet of Hope initiative or need more information, please contact Tara Gudger at tgudger@gmrmarketing.com or 704-714-4155.