Sherry Pollex speaks with Senator Burr, others in D.C. to help fight against cancer

Image courtesy of @SherryPollex.
Image courtesy of @SherryPollex.

Image courtesy of @SherryPollex.

Martin Truex Jr. has been an inspirational story all season after fighting back from a disappointing two years to make the Chase for the Sprint Cup. Meanwhile, Sherry Pollex, his girlfriend, has been fighting a completely different battle over the last year.

Pollex found out last August that she had ovarian cancer and would immediately begin treatment for the condition. Truex was by her side during the initial treatments and surgery to remove her appendix, spleen, ovaries, fallopian tubes and part of her stomach. In January, Pollex revealed she completed a round of chemotherapy and is recovering from the cancer.

But her fight to help other women with ovarian cancer is just beginning.

Serving as a representative for the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, Pollex is in Washington, D.C. to meet with members of Congress. North Carolina’s senator Richard Burr was among the members she spoke with on Wednesday.

Pollex hopes to make huge changes for cancer patients by gaining more backing for ovarian cancer research through federal funding. She is also hoping to ensure women have access to affordable oral chemotherapy programs.

“I am both excited and honored to have been asked to partner with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and go to Washington to meet with legislators to discuss the much needed additional funding for ovarian cancer,” Pollex said in a Furniture Row Racing release. “We will also be there to advocate for policies that ensure women have access to the newest personalized treatments for cancer. There are new drugs available for ovarian cancer but for many women they are not affordable even with insurance coverage.

“We need to change that, and make sure that everyone has access to the breakthrough treatments to fight this disease.”

Not all cancer patients have the same platform as Pollex to make their voice heard. We applaud this courageous woman for stepping up to help not only herself, but ovarian cancer survivors all over the country.

#CancerSucks

 

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