About the Foundation
A MESSAGE FROM MARTIN TRUEX JR.
“I feel very fortunate that Sherry and I are in the position to give back to our community through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. I am humbled by the amount of support we have received from our friends, family, and corporate partners. Each one has helped make our Foundation a success that is continually growing and changing lives every day. I’m overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received from our community here in North Carolina, my hometown of Mayetta, NJ and fans all across the country. Thank you for your support of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and for joining us in our mission to help support cancer research initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers along with the individuals and families affected by them.”
The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation (MTJF) was started in 2007 by NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. and long-time partner, Sherry Pollex. The foundation exists through the generosity of donors, partners and corporate sponsors passionate about our mission to help support underfunded cancer initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers, and assist the individuals and families affected by them.
In 2014 the Martin Truex Jr. Pediatric Care Center at Southern Ocean Medical Center opened in Martin’s home state of New Jersey. MTJF also became new members of the Coalition Against Childhood Cancer (CAC2), a collaborative network of organizations and individuals supporting and serving the childhood cancer community.
In 2015, the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation began a three-year partnership with Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, North Carolina. We have provided a clinical trial nurse practitioner to assist to assist in up to five new trials specific to childhood cancer, and it is the hope that Levine Children’s Hospital will also be the lead on one to two of these studies leading to breakthrough treatments. This campaign will also include the addition of an infusion bay to enable administration of treatment that is more convenient for the families.
In August 2014, Sherry Pollex, Martin’s longtime partner, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. Through their experiences, Martin and Sherry found purpose and focus in their mission to raise awareness, boost advocacy, and generate financial support for underfunded cancer research initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers. Together, we have the power to improve lives, inspire smiles and realize dreams. We will Never Give Up.
THE TIME IS NOW
Childhood and ovarian cancers represent some of the most prevalent and underfunded diseases affecting children & women in America today. Without dedicated and consistent philanthropic support, valuable scientific research may literally stop in its tracks, leaving life-saving treatment discoveries locked away, forever.
Childhood Cancer Facts:
- Less than 4% of all national research funding is allotted to childhood cancers
- Each day, an average of 36 children are diagnosed with a form of childhood cancer
- Cancer is the top cause of death by disease among American children
- Unlike adult cancers, only three drugs have achieved FDA approval for use in children since 1980
Ovarian Cancer Facts:
- All women are at risk for ovarian cancer
- Diagnosis at an early stage dramatically increases patients’ survival rate
- Contrary to popular opinion, an annual PAP Smear may not detect ovarian cancer
- Awareness of the symptoms is crucial to an early diagnosis
- Abdominal swelling or bloating that does not dissipate
- Persistent difficulty eating or feeling full quickly
- Pain in the abdominal or pelvic region
- Urgency and/or frequency of urination
HOW YOU CAN HELP
Monetary donations are always welcome. Simply click the “donate” button at the top of any page to help us provide financial support for underfunded cancer initiatives specific to ovarian and childhood cancers. Consider sharing your donation on social media to inspire others to join us on our mission.
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