Gilliland, Love’s Travel Stops to Host 7-Year-Old Miracle Child at Chicago Race

Hospital Tour, Paint Scheme and Race Visit Promote Love’s Fundraising Campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospital

STATESVILLE, N.C. (September 14, 2015) – A Chicago-area miracle child will get a taste of life as a NASCAR driver on Sept. 20 at Chicagoland Speedway, when David Gilliland and Love’s Travel Stops host the seven-year-old boy who overcame a rare, fatal liver disease.

Jack Benjamin will sport a replica Love’s driver’s suit and accompany Gilliland throughout his race day schedule. The youngster also created artwork that will be featured on the hood of the No. 38 Love’s Travel Stops Ford and on Gilliland’s helmet.

At just two months old, Jack was diagnosed with biliary atresia, a rare liver disease for which there was no cure. Two days after the diagnosis, the Evanston, Ill., boy had his first surgery at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. Three months later, he underwent a liver transplant – the beginning of his “miracle” road to recovery. Today, Jack is an active little boy who likes to dance, ride his bike and swim, thanks to the treatment received at Lurie Children’s.

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The miniature “driver for a day” celebration will top off Love’s Travel Stops’ and Gilliland’s week of promoting Love’s annual fundraising campaign for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals, a non-profit organization that raises funds for 170 children’s hospitals across North America. Gilliland will also visit Lurie Children’s on Sept. 17 for a meet-and-greet with patients and a tour of the facility.

“This week is the highlight of our year with Love’s Travel Stops, I think,” said Gilliland, a father of two. “I have so much respect and admiration for what everybody at the Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals do for these kids, and it’s great that Love’s spends a whole month raising money for them. And I really love that we get to host a miracle child and give him such special treatment at the racetrack.”

The month of September marks the 17th year that Love’s Travel Stops has run a fundraising effort for Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. Cashiers at more than 350 Love’s locations nationwide are asking customers to buy paper balloons for $1, $5 or $20 to benefit local CMN Hospitals.

“With the help of our generous customers, our Love’s store team members have raised more than $13 million for CMN Hospitals across the country,” said Jenny Love Meyer, VP of communications for Love’s. “Our employees are passionate about raising money for their local CMN Hospitals, and it’s great to see David Gilliland also give so much personal support to this mission of helping sick and injured kids.”

Sunday’s 400-mile race at the Joliet, Ill., speedway will air live on NBC Sports Network, with coverage beginning at 3 p.m. ET.

About Love’s Travel Stops:

Love’s Travel Stops & Country Stores is headquartered in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. Founded in 1964, Love’s has more than 350 locations in 40 states. Love’s provides professional truck drivers and motorists with 24-hour access to clean and safe places to purchase gasoline, diesel fuel, travel items, electronics, snacks and more, as well as a selection of restaurant offerings. On-site Love’s Truck Tire Care centers offer roadside assistance, tire care and light mechanical services for professional truck drivers. Showers, CAT scales and other services for professional truck drivers are also available. Love’s, which remains family-owned and operated, employs more than 12,000 people and is currently ranked No. 13 on Forbes Magazine’s annual listing of America’s Largest Private Companies. To learn more, go towww.loves.com, Facebook (www.facebook.com/lovestravelstops), or follow@LovesTravelStop on Twitter.

About Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals:

Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals® raises funds and awareness for 170 member hospitals that provide 32 million treatments each year to kids across the U.S. and Canada. Donations stay local to fund critical treatments and healthcare services, pediatric medical equipment and charitable care. Since 1983, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals has raised more than $5 billion, most of it $1 at a time through the charity’s Miracle Balloon icon. Its various fundraising partners and programs support the nonprofit’s mission to save and improve the lives of as many children as possible. Find out why children’s hospitals need community support, identify your member hospital and learn how you can Put Your Money Where the Miracles Are, at CMNHospitals.org and facebook.com/CMNHospitals.

About Front Row Motorsports:
Front Row Motorsports is a race-winning organization competing in NASCAR’s premier Sprint Cup Series, fielding the No. 34, the No. 35 and the No. 38 Fords. The team is owned by Bob Jenkins and is headquartered just outside of Charlotte, N.C. FRM was named to INC Magazine’s “INC 5000” list in 2012, recognizing the 5,000 fastest-growing private companies in the U.S. The team’s partnership base is representative of more than $200 billion of the U.S. economy and includes organizations such as Ford Motor Company, Love’s Travel Stops, Colgate-Palmolive, CSX Transportation, Taco Bell and Long John Silver’s. Visit teamfrm.com.


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