Help Richard Johnson Bring Alpha-1 To the Winner’s Circle

October 16th, 2013 | Author: Fabiana Talbot

Richard Johnson, a longtime supporter of the Alpha-1 Foundation, is one of four finalists vying for the NASCAR Foundation’s Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award.  If he wins the $100,000 award, it will be donated to the Alpha-1 Foundation to fund vital research programs.  The winner is determined by who receives the most votes at  Please help Richard win by casting one vote every day until December 5!  Remember — a vote for Richard is a vote for Alpha-1 awareness.

Richard became devoted to the fight against Alpha-1 Antitrypsin Deficiency in 2008 when his two young children, Grace and Lucas, were diagnosed with the genetic condition, which can lead to life-threatening liver and lung disease.  There is no known cure.  Alpha-1 is a leading genetic cause of liver transplantation in children like Richard’s.

“The Alpha-1 Foundation congratulates Richard on his nomination as a finalist for the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award,” says John Walsh, president & CEO of the Alpha-1 Foundation. “We are grateful for his leadership in fundraising and awareness efforts, and he richly deserves the honor. If Richard wins the award, the Foundation will receive a total of $100,000 that will be entirely spent on research for a cure for Alpha-1. And I cannot overstate the importance of the Alpha-1 awareness that will be generated if Richard is named the Humanitarian Award winner on national television; Alphas everywhere, both children and adults, will benefit. We urge everyone in the Alpha-1 community to vote for Richard every day till Dec. 5.”


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