Loaves & Fishes and CureSearch Newest Additions

CONCORD, N.C. –  Loaves & Fishes (Charlotte, N.C.) and CureSearch National Children’s Cancer Foundation (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 National Childhood Cancer Foundation. CureSearch exclusively supports the work of the Children’s Oncology Group (COG), the world’s largest cooperative cancer research organization, that treats approximately 90 percent of all children with cancer, at more than 200 leading children’s and university hospitals and cancer centers in the U.S.  Milhous nominated CureSearch because of the support she has received from the organization in her three-year old daughter, Hannah’s, fight against leukemia.

“On November 24, 2008, Hannah, was diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia and has endured seven months of intense chemotherapy as an inpatient. Currently, she is in remission and we hope and pray that she stays that way.”

Milhous went on to say that  as an avid sports fan, “Hannah would love to see CureSearch on Jimmie’s helmet,” added Milhous. “As a nonprofit organization dedicated to committed to conquering childhood cancer through scientific discovery and compassionate care CureSearch is a resource on information about our daughter’s illness. Featuring CureSearch on Jimmie’s helmet will give it the national attention it deparately needs.”

Forty years ago, childhood cancer cure rates were less than 10 percent. Today, 78 percent of kids with pediatric cancer overall are cured. While there have been breakthroughs in treatments and improvement in survival rates, one out of five children continues to die.  Today, there are more than 250, 000 childhood cancer survivors.

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.