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Elliott Teams Up with Leukemia & Lymphoma Society for the Budweiser Shootout


Bill Elliott
Bill Elliott
STATESVILLE, NC - Evernham Motorsports owner Ray Evernham announced today that his charity foundation, Racing For A Reason, is expanding it's relationship with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society to a national level to raise awareness about the critical need to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society logo will be displayed on the Evernham Motorsports #91 Dodge that Bill Elliott will drive in the Bud Shootout this Saturday, February 7, at the Daytona International Speedway.

"We started the Racing For A Reason Foundation in 1993 to help benefit great organizations like The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society," said Evernham. "I've had a strong association with The Society for over ten years, predominately with their Charlotte (NC) chapter. We recently initiated discussions with them to explore ways to grow our relationship and we quickly identified some exciting opportunities. This weekend is just the first step."

"Ray Evernham and Bill Elliott are bringing awareness about the need to find cures for leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma to the fast lane and we're thrilled," said Dwayne Howell, The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's President and C.E.O. "We are deeply grateful for this opportunity to connect with NASCAR fans and encourage them to join our efforts."

Ray Evernham says his company will continue to explore new programs with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. "We race all over the country and they have chapters in a lot of the same areas," he said. "If we can build programs that truly benefit their organization we're going to do that. I think it is important that our company be involved in good causes."

Bill Elliott said he is also pleased to be participating in this program. "This is a great cause and I'm glad to be involved with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. This organization helps a lot of people and we hope this raises the awareness of what they do."

In only it's third season, Evernham Motorsports has clearly established itself as one of the top racing organization in motorsports. This year, the Dodge sponsored #9 and #19 cars will be driven by rookie Kasey Kahne and Jeremy Mayfield, respectively. The team's veteran driver, NASCAR legend Bill Elliott, will drive a select schedule this season.

About The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society
The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society(r), headquartered in White Plains, NY, is the world's largest voluntary health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. The Society's mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, Hodgkin's disease and myeloma, and to improve the quality of life of patients and their families. Since its founding in 1949, the Society has provided more than $360 million for research specifically targeting leukemia, lymphoma and myeloma. Last year alone, the Society made more than 441,000 patient contacts through services provided at its home office and by its 63 chapters nationwide.

For more information about blood cancer, visit www.LLS.org or call the Society's Information Resource Center (IRC), a call center staffed by master's level social workers, nurses and health educators who provide information, support and resources to patients and their families and caregivers. IRC information specialists are available at (800) 955-4572, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET.


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