With thousands of fans across the nation, Rob Fuller Motorsports knows the power of the NASCAR Home Tracks community and wants to bring that strength to a good cause.
This season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour (NWMT), Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection has teamed up to share the journey of diagnosis of four young adult cancer survivors. Now, the duo has set their sights on acquiring more stories of diagnosis to share in educational outreach efforts empowering the lifesaving advantage of earlier detection in young adults.
Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 15 and 40 interested in sharing their journey of cancer detection and diagnosis can email the team at [email protected]. All stories will be considered for inclusion in the 15-40 Connection educational programs and one story will be featured at the NWMT season finale race at Thompson Speedway on Oct. 19. The person will be invited to attend the race as an honorary crew member of the No. 15 race team.
For those who may not have a personal story to share, but would still like to support the cause, RFM and 15-40 Connection will give away five No. 15 RFM race packages from now until the Thompson race weekend to individuals who sign up for the 15-40 Connection newsletter at http://15-40.org/become_an_ally/. The No. 15 race packages will include authentic race team items such as crew t-shirts and autographed items.
During this season, the No. 15 team featured Josh Bell, Dave McGrath, Brian Regan and Stephanie Corliss on the race car and hosted them at selected races. These young adult cancer survivors have combined forces with 15-40 Connection to regularly speak to student groups and share their experiences with early signs of cancer and the challenges they faced to receive a proper diagnosis.
“It takes a lot to open up and publicly share a personal health story,” said Rob Fuller, race team owner. “I’m grateful we have people like Josh, Dave, Brian and Stephanie, who know the value of sharing a story in order to save another life. The 15-40 Connection continues to make a difference in the lives of young adults and the importance of these stories of diagnosis cannot be measured. I’m urging our racing community to share this message and help us attain new journeys to share with young adults across the nation. We can make a difference and it starts with you and me.”
One of the key educational tools the group utilizes is the “Learn From Me” stories from those who were diagnosed with cancer. Their personal journeys to identify and diagnose cancer have been shared with thousands of young people to open the conversation of early cancer detection.
“We know that cancer symptoms do not fit neatly on a check list, but we do know that a cancer symptom is most often a subtle but persistent change in your normal health,” said Tricia Laursen, Executive Director at 15-40 Connection. “15-40 Connection’s mission is to empower teens and young adults with knowledge that helps them recognize cancer at its earliest possible stage.”
Cancer survival rates in teens and young adults (ages 15 to 40) have barely improved since 1975 in a large part because a delay in diagnosis allows time for cancer to progress to more advanced stages. 15-40 Connection is changing this by empowering individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection.
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