More than 1.5 billion people, or 24% of the world’s population, are infected with soil-transmitted helminth infections worldwide, according to the World Health Organization.
Corey LaJoie is headed to Watkins Glen with a special cause on-board his No. 32 Ford Mustang that has reached major strides in an effort to reduce that heart-tugging statistic.
LaJoie and his wife Kelly have teamed up with Samaritan’s Feet, an organization founded in 2003 to provide shoes to children and individuals in need to inspire hope and encouragement.
“There is absolutely no better fit being that my longtime racing nickname is “SuperShoe.” Now being a “SuperShoe” is being a part of something bigger than myself to bring the gift of a new pair of shoes,” LaJoie said gracefully.
People without shoes face dangers such as laceration, fungus, and insect bites that can lead to infection, disease, and even death.
Since its founding in 2003, Samaritan’s Feet and its partners have distributed over 7 million pairs of shoes in 108 countries and more than 389 U.S. cities.
LaJoie hopes to spread the mission and raise awareness of this enormous undertaking throughout the weekend at The Glen, the second of three road courses on the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series schedule.
In his lone Cup start at the 2.45-mile road course, the Charlotte, NC native finished 33rd.
On Sunday, August 4 at 3pm ET, tune in to catch the No. 32 making left and right turns at the famed Watkins Glen International and consider how you can get involved in the effort to provide shoes by visiting samaritansfeet.org.