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 nascar.com/award. 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.”