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BJFHA: Inspired finalist wants to expand her horizons

(Note: Today is the second installment of a four-part series on the four finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Ninth Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. Today, Angela Hamby of Locust, North Carolina is featured.)

Twelve years into her role as head nurse at Camp Horizon and Angela Hamby is looking ahead, to a future of further volunteerism on the behalf of young people with Down syndrome.

Did Camp Horizon, part of the Down Syndrome Association of Greater Charlotte (DSAGC) organization, find Hamby? Or was it the other way around? It’s a moot point, now, because Hamby’s bond with the association – and the mission to enhance the quality of life for all people with Down syndrome – has become permanent.

When Hamby first experienced Camp Horizon, her working knowledge of Down syndrome children was minimal. Immediately, though, she felt like she had found something special.

VIDEO: Meet Angela Hamby

“It only took me about five minutes; the children are so inspiring,” Hamby said. “My time working with the DSAGC and kids at camp has genuinely made me a better person and nurse. … When you see the excitement on the sweet little faces, when they arrive at camp, your heart just swells.”

Hamby, from Locust, North Carolina, is one of four 2019 finalists for The NASCAR Foundation’s Ninth Annual Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award. The award, named in honor of the foundation’s late founder and chairwoman, honors NASCAR fans who are accomplished volunteers working for children’s causes in their communities throughout the United States.

The winner of the Betty Jane France Humanitarian Award will be determined via an online fan vote that is ongoing through Dec. 3 at 5 p.m. ET at NASCARfoundation.org/Award. The winner will be announced Dec. 5 during the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series Awards in Nashville, Tennessee. The NASCAR Foundation will donate $100,000 to the charity represented by the award winner, with $25,000 donations awarded to the other finalists.

Hamby, like all of this year’s award finalists, is a dedicated NASCAR fan. She has her father and uncles to thank, along with a 40-year family tradition of watching races together on weekends.

“NASCAR has always signified home, family and close friends to me,” Hamby said.

The DSAGC offers many programs for individuals with Down syndrome. Camp Horizon is one of those programs. The $100,000 award winner’s donation would help expand the association’s camp program to new areas in the Charlotte region.

“I have so many wonderful and amazing memories of camp,” said Hamby, who wants to add to those memories, as much as she possibly can. |

Other nominee profiles: Joe Vaughn | Todd Smith | Bob Behounek