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Trucker’s terminally ill son is the new ‘poster boy’ for non-profit aimed at helping truckers in hard times


A California trucker’s son is appearing on posters at truck stops across the country as part of a non-profit’s campaign to help truck drivers in need. 

Back in January, Howard Salmon’s son Liam was diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor. In order to care for his son, Howard stopped trucking and started staying home, which led to financial hardships for his family. Luckily, the St. Christopher Fund, a non-profit created to help truckers who have fallen on hard times, stepped in to help.

“Immediately, they stepped up and helped us with two house payments, which, in January was looking like we didn’t know which way to go,” Howard said.

A few months later, the non-profit asked Howard if he would be comfortable allowing his son to be the literal poster boy for this year’s St. Christopher fundraiser. Howard says he quickly accepted. 

“I didn’t hesitate. I said ‘yeah,’” Howard explained to ABC 7 News.

“They’ve helped us and I want to help them.”

Now, Liam’s face will appear on posters at TA Truck Stops across America for the duration of the fundraiser. His father even took him to their local TA  off of Knighton Road in Redding, California to show him the posters in action. 

“There you are. Your picture and your dad right there. What do you think about that?” a TA employee asked Liam during his visit. 

“It’s good,” Liam responded. 

Unfortunately, Liam’s condition has worsened since his diagnosis in January, but he has been placed on a new chemotherapy drug and doctors are hopeful it will give them some time. 

“He wants to put this with him for at least a year, and then work up to the next drug,” said Howard. “Well that gives us a little bit of hope.”


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