Wake Up Narcolepsy Joins Jones On No. 51
MOORESVILLE, N.C. – When Erik Jones buckles into the Kyle Busch Motorsports No. 51 Toyota for the next couple of weekends of racing, his newest partner will be Wake Up Narcolepsy.
WUN is a leading international nonprofit dedicated to speeding narcolepsy diagnosis through greater awareness and funding research for a cure to this devastating sleep disorder, which affects millions worldwide.
The No. 51 Toyota will prominently display the WUN logo at both the sold-out Nashville Fairgrounds All-American 400 Super Late Model event on Nov. 2, and again in the Lucas 150, the Nov. 8 stop of the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series at Phoenix Int’l Speedway.
“Riding alongside Erik is a fantastic opportunity to raise awareness about narcolepsy, a devastating sleep disorder affecting 200,000 Americans, including many children and young adults,” said Monica Gow, WUN Executive Director and Co-founder.
“Like our new awareness campaign, and like drivers everywhere, Erik needs to be fully ‘Awake at the Wheel’ as he pilots the No. 51. We couldn’t be more pleased to be partnering with this up-and-coming star and the KBM garage,” she added. “Erik is at the age at which narcolepsy often first strikes, making our partnership especially apropos.”
“I’m proud to be associated with Wake Up Narcolepsy and its mission to help the millions of people living with narcolepsy,” Jones said. “When the green flag drops in Nashville and Phoenix, I’ll be pulling out all the stops to get the No. 51 Toyota into the lead and be right there for the checkered flag. This is a huge opportunity for KBM and WUN.”
Narcolepsy is a neurological sleep disorder characterized by overwhelming daytime sleepiness, which usually first appears in adolescence or young adulthood. Most sufferers also experience episodes of cataplexy, brief but debilitating periods of muscle weakness or complete physical collapse, usually brought on by emotions like laughter or surprise.
The condition can impair virtually every facet of a person’s life, from family and social interactions, to self-esteem and career choice. Though treatment is available, it is not uncommon for 6 or more years to pass before a proper diagnosis is made, robbing the sufferer – and loved ones – of an acceptable quality of life. Some sufferers are never diagnosed.
Parents and teachers, as well as many in the medical community – the very people who may first observe symptoms – typically are poorly informed about the condition. So delayed or inaccurate diagnosis is the norm, leading to years of unnecessary suffering. Raising public awareness and building support for medical research helps bring greater understanding of the disorder and speeds treatment for millions.