The nonprofit St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund (SCF) is teaming with CMA- and ACM-award winning, three-time Grammy nominated country music artist Joe Nichols to help raise awareness for the organization’s mission to promote health and wellness among truck drivers and provide financial support and guidance to those unable to work due to health issues or injuries.
“We are so excited to be working with Joe, especially given his personal connection to our mission,” said SCF Executive Director Dr. Donna Kennedy.
Joe Nichols’ father, Michael, was an over-the-road truck driver for 13 years when he was diagnosed with idiopathic cardiac pulmonary fibrosis in 1999, an incurable lung condition doctors at the time attributed to his exposure to diesel fumes during his career as a trucker. Michael died in 2002 at the age of 46 from complications due to his illness.
“Truck drivers are some of the hardest-working men and women in this country and they deserve our support,” Nichols said. “I look forward to doing anything and everything I can to help St. Christopher and their cause.” Donations to SCF help provide financial assistance to ill or injured semi-truck drivers. Assistance may be in the form of direct payment to providers for household living expenses such as rent/mortgage, utilities, vehicle payments and insurance. SCF also provides health and wellness programs for drivers in hopes to prevent some medical illnesses. Some of these programs include competitive health challenges; smoking cessation programs; and free flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines.
Truckers needing assistance from SCF may apply by clicking here. Donations can be made via the group’s website as well.
“We hope that by working with Joe and his team we can help raise the visibility of our organization’s mission,” Kennedy said, “in order to bring more help and support to the men and women who keep our country and our economy moving every day.”