WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2013 The ALS Association today announced that NEMCO-JRR will be donating space on their #70 Nationwide Series Car and their #87 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series to Drive for Lou Gehrig's Disease at Atlanta Motor Speedway Labor Day weekend. The No. 87 Toyota driven by Joe Nemechek in the Sprint Cup AdvoCare 500 and the No. 70 car driven by Tony Raines in the Great Clips/Grit Chips 300 Nationwide Series race will show support for ALS.
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that slowly robs the body of the ability to walk, speak, swallow and eventually breathe. Every 90 minutes, someone is diagnosed with ALS and, once diagnosed, patients typically live only two to five years. Approximately 30,000 Americans are currently fighting ALS, at an average cost of more than $200,000 a year. The ALS Association, nationally, is the leading organization in the United States who is fighting this disease that knows no gender, race or age and has no cure.
Jay Robinson of NEMCO-JRR stated, "It is with great excitement and honor that our race teams will drive in support of The ALS Association and Lou Gehrig's Disease on Labor Day weekend. We hope our efforts not only grow awareness for the disease but to also raise funds for research and patient care for those affected by ALS."
"We continue to strive to better the lives of those affected by ALS through patient care and research," said Jane Gilbert, president and chief executive officer of the ALS Association. "We are honored to be aligned with a premier racing team like NEMCO-JRR. The awareness created through this partnership will help us continue our efforts to raise awareness and funds for those affected by the disease."
"This partnership allows the ALS Association to build broader awareness for ALS in the NASCAR sporting industry. As NASCAR is one of the nation's largest sports, the Advocare 500 will allow us to promote ALS awareness to more than 6 million Americans who will tune in on Labor Day," said Gilbert.
"We are thrilled to partner with The ALS Association," said driver Joe Nemechek. "We hope the awareness generated through this partnership will have a tremendous impact on the organization and the patients and families whom it serves."
About The ALS Association
The ALS Association is the only national non-profit organization fighting Lou Gehrig's Disease on every front. By leading the way in global research, providing assistance for people with ALS through a nationwide network of chapters, coordinating multidisciplinary care through certified clinical care centers, and fostering government partnerships, The Association builds hope and enhances quality of life while aggressively searching for new treatments and a cure. To learn more about The ALS Association, visit our website at www.alsa.org.
SOURCE The ALS Association