Friday, September 28, 2012

Nelson Piquet Jr. Joins Bryson's FUEL in fight against childhood cancer

Mooresville, N.C. (September 27, 2012) - Nelson Piquet Jr. is taking a stand against childhood cancer, joining forces with Bryson's FUEL this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway.

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Bryson's FUEL was founded last year when 4-year old Bryson, son of Jim and Heather Smith of Mooresville, North Carolina, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblastic Leukemia on June 1, 2011. Facing the diagnosis head on, the Smiths sprang into action to help other families dealing with the same reality.

FUEL (Families United to Eliminate Leukemia) strives to provide hope and support to families dealing with cancer, despite the age of their child. Through three key platforms, FUEL is making an impact:
  •  Reach out to families through the Children's Hospitals by providing toys and blankets to children in the hospitals. As well, try to buy a netbook for older children who remain in-patient for extended periods, if they do not have one. This enables them to remain caught up with school and stay in contact with friends.
  • Providing spiritual and financial support to struggling families through the clinic, to provide gas cards, dining cards, co-pay assistance and toys.
  • Working together  with families to do fundraisers to bring awareness and support for children right here in our own communities, that we may not even be aware are fighting this battle.
"Childhood cancer awareness is a cause that I support," Piquet Jr. said. "Bryson and the Smiths are a hometown family and I am honored to be playing a small part in awareness for their foundation."

"We cannot say thank you enough to Nelson for running the FUEL logo on his truck," Heather Smith said. "Taking a stand against childhood cancer is more than a cause, it is our life."

For more information on Bryson's FUEL please visit www.brysonsfuel.org.

- Press release

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