Five-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson selected two more charities to be featured on the 2013 Jimmie Johnson Foundation Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.
Chelsea's Hope and Me Fine Foundation were chosen to appear on the helmet that Johnson will wear during race weekend activities at Michigan International Speedway on August 18, 2013. Each organization also will receive a grant of $10,000 and a special Blue Bunny ice cream party.
Chelsea's Hope, whose mission is to assist in raising funds for research, treatments and cures for those affected by Lafora disease, was nominated by Mari Brackin, whose daughter suffers from Lafora.
Mari's daughter Elisa has suffered from Lafora disease for 10 years. Lafora, which is the most severe form of human epilepsy, only has a prognosis of 3-10 years from manifestation. There is currently no known cure.
"We need to get the word out and what better way than to have it on Jimmie Johnson's helmet" said Mari.
The Me Fine Foundation provides necessary resources and financial assistance to parents and caregivers with children being treated at Duke and UNC Children's Hospitals.
Joey Powell, who works for the Me Fine Foundation, nominated the charity, stating "By helping provide for these families' emergent needs during this vital time, we can ensure that the children can focus on healing, recuperation and hopefully defeat illness."
Chelsea's Hope, located in Danville, Calif., and Me Fine Foundation, located in Princeton, N.C., join Against Abuse, Inc., Cincinnati Association for the Blind and Visually Impaired and Make-A-Wish Iowa as charities that will be featured on the Blue Bunny Helmet of Hope.