Remembering Sherry Pollex: NASCAR's Philanthropic Champion
: Sherry Pollex was born on May 10, 1979, in Marshall, Michigan, and later moved to Brighton, Michigan, where her family watched NASCAR races.
: She grew up as a NASCAR enthusiast, attending races at Michigan International Speedway with her family.
Detroit Red Wings Fan
: Before her family's involvement in racing, Sherry was a fan of the Detroit Red Wings, and the Red Wings sent her a care package when she was first diagnosed with cancer.
Family Racing Roots
: Sherry's father, Greg, was involved in racing, initially racing Late Models at dirt tracks in Michigan before transitioning to team ownership in NASCAR's national ranks.
: She attended Florida State University, where she earned a degree in Sports Marketing, further strengthening her connection to NASCAR.
Meeting Martin Truex Jr.
: Sherry Pollex was introduced to NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. during his rise in the Xfinity Series.
: Together, Sherry and Martin used their platform for philanthropic endeavors, focusing on assisting children and families affected by pediatric cancer.
Catwalk for a Cause
: Sherry Pollex played a pivotal role in founding Catwalk for a Cause, a charity fashion gala that raised over $4 million to combat childhood cancer.
Ovarian Cancer Battle
: Sherry was diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer at the age of 35, which led to her passionate commitment to fund research for better ovarian cancer treatment.
Sherry Strong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic
: In 2020, her foundation partnered with Novant Health in Charlotte to establish the Sherry Strong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic.
Myers Brothers Award
: She and Martin Truex Jr. received the National Motorsports Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award for their significant contributions to stock-car racing in 2017.