Remembering Sherry Pollex: NASCAR's Philanthropic Champion

Early Life: Sherry Pollex was born on May 10, 1979, in Marshall, Michigan, and later moved to Brighton, Michigan, where her family watched NASCAR races.

NASCAR Enthusiast: 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.

Educational Background: 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.

Philanthropic Efforts: 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.