Breast Cancer Survivors Blast Around Atlanta Motor Speedway with Chevy Drivers
Two dozen breast cancer survivors had the opportunity on Friday, August 30 to blast around the Atlanta Motor Speedway track at 138 miles per hour with Chevy NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers Danica Patrick and Kasey Kahne. The survivors and their guests spent the morning speeding around the track in two pink Chevrolet Camaro pace cars, which bore the American Cancer Society’s 100th birthday logo along with the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer logo.
The survivors whooped and laughed as they exited the cars after their rides.
“What a rush,” declared breast cancer survivor Alice Ramsey. “We were flying out there!”
Said Anissa Johnson, manager of the Atlanta Making Strides walk in Centennial Olympic Park on October 26, “This is a great way to create awareness for breast cancer and Making Strides and to give breast cancer survivors a day of fun. We are grateful to Chevy for all of its support.”
Chevy is a Society national team partner with Making Strides and a flagship sponsor of Making Strides in metro Atlanta.
Before the rides began, Team Chevy and the Atlanta Motor Speedway hosted a survivor breakfast, with tables covered in pink cloths and set with flowers. Each survivor received a pink gift bag, compliments of Chevy, which included a pink Chevy t-shirt, pink Chevy hat, large pink sunglasses and pink pompoms, among other items.
And after the rides, the two drivers signed autographs and took questions from the audience during a Q&A.
When the drivers were asked if they have known someone with breast cancer, Danica Patrick told the story of a friend who was diagnosed with the BRCA1 gene at age 25, which makes it more likely a woman will develop breast or ovarian cancer, and opted to have a preventive double mastectomy. Patrick told of watching her friend endure many complications from the surgery.
On Sunday, September 1, during the AdvoCare 500, the pink Camaro pace cars took to the track to lead off the race. Chevy pledged to donate $200 to the American Cancer Society for each lap run under a caution flag at the speedway this year – which means with 47 caution laps, Chevy will donate $9,400.
To sign up for the American Cancer Society’s Making Strides Against Breast Cancer in Atlanta on Saturday, October 26 in Centennial Olympic Park, go to stridesatlanta.org.
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