Country artist Joe Nichols partners with St. Christopher Fund

Music star’s father worked as truck driver for 13 years

July 2019

Special to Land Line

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The nonprofit St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund is teaming up with Country Music Association and Academy of Country Music award-winning, three-time Grammy nominated country music artist Joe Nichols.

The partnership is intended to raise awareness for the organization’s mission to help promote health and wellness for the 3.5 million truck drivers in the United States and provide financial support and guidance to drivers who are unable to work due to health issues or injuries.

Nichols has released nine studio albums and is best known for such hit songs as “Brokenheartsville,” “Tequila Makes Her Clothes Fall Off,” “Gimmie That Girl,” “Sunny and 75,” and “Yeah.”

“We are so excited to be working with Joe, especially given his personal connection to our mission,” said SCF Executive Director Donna Kennedy. “We hope that by working with Joe and his team we can help raise the visibility of our organization’s mission in order to bring more help and support to the men and women who keep our country and our economy moving every day.”

Joe Nichols’ father, Michael Nichols, 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 from his illness.

“Truck drivers are some of the hardest working men and women in this country, and they deserve our support. I look forward to doing anything and everything I can to help the St. Christopher’s Fund and their cause,” Joe Nichols said.

Nichols spoke with Land Line Now’s Terry Scruton about how much the cause means to him.

“I learned to fall asleep to the hum of that diesel engine,” he said. “That’s probably why I sleep so well on the road. It plays a big part of my life in a lot of ways.

“Hearing that there’s a relief fund that will not only help for medical bills but also for awareness of a trucker’s overall health. I think that’s a glaring thing that truckers overlook and we as passengers overlook. Overall, it was just a no-brainer for me (to get involved).”

Nichols said he is still working with the charity to see what will be the best ways to help raise awareness and money.

Donations to the St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund help provide financial assistance to ill or injured 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. It also provides health and wellness programs for drivers in hopes to prevent some medical illnesses. Some of these programs include health challenges, smoking cessation, and free flu, shingles and pneumonia vaccines.

Truckers needing assistance from St. Christopher Truckers Relief Fund may apply by going to TruckersFund.org. People also can donate to the fund’s mission to support truckers and their families in financial need by going to the website. LL

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