Charlotte Motor Speedway gets jump start on Breast Cancer Awareness Month

BY foxsports • September 28, 2016

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the folks at Charlotte Motor Speedway got a great head start Wednesday with a large group of breast cancer survivors and NASCAR drivers.

On Oct. 7, CMS will host the Drive for the Cure 300 presented by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina NASCAR XFINITY Series race and to prepare, the drivers and survivors painted the track's pit wall pink.

On hand at the track Wednesday were six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson, soccer star Mia Hamm and XFINITY drivers Elliott Sadler, Brandon Jones, Blake Koch, Ryan Reed, Bubba Wallace and Hermie Sadler.

"All you amazing women have been truly incredible role models for myself, for young girls and families all across the state of North Carolina," said Hamm, who like Johnson is a brand ambassador for Blue Cross.

"Sometimes, we need to be there to encourage people," said Hamm. "Encourage people all along the state of North Carolina to live fearless, to be the best, to be healthier, to be more confident in who they are."

Also in attendance was Lisa Cade, chief service operations officer, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, who spoke eloquently and emotionally about her own battle with the disease.

"My journey or more story is probably very similar to many of you sitting out there today," Cade told the dozens of survivors clad in pink t-shirts.

"Even though I thought I'd really prepared myself, I really didn't," said Cade. "I was thrown 180 degrees. And I went from working at Blue Cross, encouraging people to live fearless, to hoping I could live fearless myself."

Fortunately for Cade, her disease was detected early in a routine examination.

"If I had missed that mammogram, my story would have been very, very different," she said.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield, along with NASCAR, presented a check to the Susan G. Komen Foundation's Charlotte branch for $25,000. 

A group of breast cancer survivors gather around the pink pace car as they're honored at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Wednesday.

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