“The King Demonstrates His Benevolence With Southern Ease”
Richard Lee Petty is best known for winning the NASCAR Championship seven times with a total of two hundred wins. He is a second generation driver. His father, Lee Petty won the first Daytona 500 in 1959 and was himself a three-time champion.
If you are one of the minority who needed confirmation that Richard Petty is truly the “King” of NASCAR. Take a moment to enjoy this video.
NASCAR Race Mom loves the part where the King tells his little fan that he has gone two hundred and twenty miles per hour on the race track. “Wow” responds Jonah as his eyes light up with awe.
|Jonah as a toddler (2011)|
Jonah William might only be seven, but his knowledge about cars is impressive. Despondently, Jonah was born missing most of his skin from his elbows down and his knees down. His hands, feet, knees, and elbows were completely raw and bloody. His head had purple lesions across it. More importantly, the baby was in severe pain. His condition baffled his doctors at the time.
Brenner Children’s Hospital diagnosed Jonah with a very rare genetic skin disorder called Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa (JEB). There is no cure for JEB. Therefore, treatment is focused on management of blistering and prevention of secondary infections. It affects one in every 50,000 births.
A fighter from the beginning, Jonah came home from the hospital thirty-two days later. And despite all the odds, he resisted infection, malnutrition, and respiratory issues. Despite feeding issues and ultimately having to get a g-tube, he thrived at home and amazed everyone.
While there is no answer to Jonah’s disease, there is research. Retiring NASCAR Driver, Tony Stewart insisted on a low key send off in 2016, his last official season. Many fans are unaware that Stewart formed his charitable foundation in 2003 and has raised funds intended to serve three specific groups: chronically ill and physically disabled children, animals that are endangered or at-risk, and drivers injured in the sport of motor racing.
On December 2nd, Stewart received an emotional gift from one of his favorite musicians, Pearl Jam front man Eddie Vedder and the entire motorsports industry. Drivers, owners and team members initially targeted a $1.4 million donation as a nod to Stewart's racing number. However, once word of the goal spread around the garage, that $1.4 million target was easily exceeded.
A total of $1.8 million was given on Stewart’s behalf to the Epidermolysis Bullosa Research Partnership -- the largest global nonprofit dedicating to curing EB.
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