TJ‘s Team Foundation, a foundation devoted to helping families fight cancer and advocate for more research will support Chris Hacker in the upcoming TSport 200 at Lucas Oil Raceway at Indianapolis on Friday, July 29, 2022, in his NASCAR Camping World Truck Series debut with On Point Motorsports.
TJ‘s Team Foundation is made up of volunteers, who help families in the form by paying mortgage bills, rent, utilities, car payments, groceries, gas, and care packages during their child‘s treatment.
The foundation was started by Anna and Travis Anderson after their six-year-old TJ Anderson lost his battle with cancer in 2018. According to TJ‘s Team Foundation, children only receive four percent of the federal research budget, but TJ‘s Team Foundation feel that they deserve a better chance at a healthier life.
“The last thing you want to worry about is will I have a home to return to, so, TJ‘s Team seeks to alleviate the financial burdens of daily life while patients are in treatment,” said TJ‘s Team Foundation co-founder Anna Anderson.
“Hospital stays are eight days or longer and cost nearly five times as much as hospitalizations for other conditions 12 days versus four days or $40,400 versus $8,100 per stay, this is a financial burden that no one ever prepares to deal with. That‘s where TJ‘s Team Foundation comes in to help eliminate any financial stress and lend emotional support.”
TJ‘s Team Foundation now takes its mission to NASCAR with Noblesville, Indiana native Chris Hacker, where race fans will have their opportunity to see their name on Hacker‘s No. 30 Toyota Tundra Pro for the series‘ highly anticipated return to the famed Claremont, Ind. short track with a minimal $50 donation to TJ‘s Team Foundation.
“TJ loved NASCAR and we have since continued to embrace the sport with passion in his honor,” said Travis Anderson. “When we were made aware of Chris Hacker and the struggles that he has gone through to get onto the track, we knew he was a driver that we wanted to be aligned with in helping us promote TJ‘s Team Foundation.
“Chris‘s passion is what stood out to me, just seeing a kid that has medical issues put everything he has into chasing his dream, reminds me of my son TJ. We are just hoping to utilize the NASCAR platform to spread the word about TJ‘s Team Foundation and we are proud to have Chris as our ambassador.”
Hacker is the first NASCAR driver known to have a brachial plexus injury (BPI), also known as a brachial plexus lesion. BPI is an injury to the brachial plexus, the network of nerves that conducts signals from the spinal cord to the shoulder, arm and hand.
Only able to have movement in his fingers at first, after three major surgeries, including nerve grafting and tendon transfers, Hacker has established mobility in his arm that is comfortable enough to drive.
Donations are being accepted now through July 27, 2022, online at https://www.paypal.com/donate/?hosted_button_id=X4CVUPGS9MTEW
The partnership was orchestrated by fgrACCEL, a full-service sports marketing and management agency.
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