MICHIGAN CITY — AutoNation – Racing for Cancer 33, racing for its namesake cause, finished fourth during the first race at Washington Park on during the Great Lakes Grand Prix, but was unable to participate in the second race due to boat failure.
Throttleman and owner Randy Sweers said he donated his boat for the season to the Racing for Cancer foundation of IndyCar racer Ryan Hunter-Reay. The season began April 13 at Charlotte Harbor in Englewood, Florida, and will finish with the annual World Championship in Key West, Florida, on Nov. 2-9.
Sweers wants to raise awareness for cancer and especially promote testing to find cancer early, he said. Although he has been helping Racing for Cancer for about a year, he has within that time had to face cancer again in his own family.
Sweers’ wife, Kim, was diagnosed with breast cancer about six months ago and recently finished radiation therapy. He sees the diagnosis and outcome as a lesson for cancer testing.
“She is a prime example. She caught it at stage 1,” he said.
According to information from the American Cancer Society, in October, the five-year survival rate of patients diagnosed with breast cancer at stage 1 is 100 percent. In contrast, the five-year survival rates for patients diagnosed at stages 2, 3 and 4 are 93 percent, 72 percent and 22 percent, respectively.
Source: www.thenewsdispatch.com; Richard Chambers; August, 2014.