Racing for Awareness, a campaign created by ARCA/NASCAR driver, Joey Gattina in 2016, formed with the main focus to bring awareness and prevention to the rising suicide rates in the United States. In 2015 alone, suicide was the tenth leading cause of death in the United States and accounted for over 40,000 deaths in 2015 and cost the United States over fifty billion dollars. The goal of Racing for Awareness is to promote prevention and join in community programs to show those who are troubled, that help is available in hopes of lowering those rates through the on-track racing program to the NASCAR fan base.
Due to the unfortunate loss of a loved one to suicide, Joey fully understands the life-long effects that suicide has on those left behind. When Joey was faced with understanding suicide he was just a kid losing his best friend (Grandfather) and crew chief Jimmy “PawPaw” Evans. It’s taken many years but giving up has never been an option for Joey. Now, with the support of Mission22, he plans to educate our public on PTSD and to help in the fight against suicide prevention with our veterans. Every day we lose 22 veterans, and our mission is to help make a difference.
“In Loving Memory of my PawPaw”
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