Sherry Pollex and Martin Truex Jr., the 2017 Nascar Cup Series champion, have devoted their lives off the track to helping women and children battle cancer, while Pollex has continued to battle multiple bouts of ovarian cancer.
Pollex was first diagnosed with stage III ovarian cancer eight years ago and she bravely shared the news with the entire Nascar community. The racing world supported Pollex and Truex, old partners who smiled constantly.
Her cancer thankfully went into remission for a while after a second battle in 2016. But it returned in late 2020 and more than two years later she is still undergoing weekly chemotherapy. As she battles cancer again, her life’s work is dedicated to helping others through SherryStrong and the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation.
“I had less than a 30% chance of surviving five years,” Pollex said. “As I continue to battle my own illness into my eighth year — I’m now back on weekly chemotherapy — it still motivates me every day.
“Not only do I want my story to be an inspiration and motivate other people, but I want to one day be a success story that gives people hope and inspiration to want to beat this disease. It’s tough – mentally, physically and spiritually – and it will show you what you’re made of in an instant.”
Pollex has had multiple surgeries over the years, including a seven-hour radical hysterectomy. However, during the battle, she did not give up. Instead, it has inspired her to work with Truex to raise awareness for those battling the battle within their bodies.
“Cancer is such a huge umbrella of people who need help,” Pollex said. “Just working with pediatrics and women struggling with ovarian cancer has also been a healing for me as I go through my own journey.”
Throughout Pollex’s journey, Truex’s Joe Gibbs Racing team and its sponsors have been quite supportive of us. When she was first diagnosed, his then-team owner Barney Visser offered to take off Truex for the remaining four months of the 2014 season.
With Pollex battling cancer again, Johnny Morris and his well-known Bass Pro Shops chain are supporting the cause. Ahead of the annual Catwalk for a Cause fundraising event, where Nascar drivers and their partners will walk a catwalk featuring children battling cancer, Morris announced that Truex’s car will be painted teal to raise awareness of ovarian cancer . This year, Auto Owners Insurance did the same.
“To see the foundation logo there and the sherrystrong.org logo on it, knowing that we have partners at Joe Gibbs Racing with Bass Pro Shops and Auto Owners Insurance who want to help us raise awareness about childhood and ovarian cancer, is just amazing,” she said. “It’s hard to find big companies and people who want to give back in that way. To know that I can use this platform that I’ve been given within Nascar to create an advocacy for these two very underfunded diseases has been such a humbling experience for me.
“I never thought I could use the sport to raise awareness about something that is so important to me. To see Nascar rally around me and this cause with all the drivers attending Catwalk and all the people coming to support us, including our sponsors, was amazing.
At the end of the year, Pollex is nominated for the Comcast Community Champion of the Year. If she wins, not only will she cry, but she knows exactly what she’ll do with the $60,000 raised with the honor.
Pollex said: “There are so many things I want to do, hospitals I want to build and integrative clinics I want to open to help women and children battling this disease. There are so many things I want to do here in Charlotte locally and nationally as well. We’re building a new hospital in Florida, a SherryStrong integrative clinic. We have things going on all over the United States.
The winner of the Comcast Community Champion of the Year award will be announced during Champion’s Week in Nashville.