A note from Ryan Hunter-Reay, IZOD IndyCar Series driver of the #28 DHL/Circle K/Sun Drop Citrus Soda car and LIVESTRONG Global Envoy
Hello from Las Vegas, site of the 2011 IZOD INDYCAR World Championships.
About 3 years ago, my life was turned upside down when my mother was diagnosed with stage 4 colon cancer. At that time, my career was taking off in IndyCar and my mom was my biggest fan. I, like many of you, did not know where to turn for answers. We quickly found LIVESTRONG to be a source of strength and support. Indeed, the yellow band gave us a sense of hope during her fight. My mother lost her battle in November 2009, and I vowed then to do whatever I could to help fight this disease.
In July 2010, we launched a charity, Racing For Cancer, to unite motorsports fans in joining the worldwide battle against cancer. In March of 2011, I secured the number 28 for my Andretti Autosport livery and dedicated it to the 28 million living with cancer. And in April of this year, I was bestowed the honor of being named a Global Envoy for LIVESTRONG. I am humbled and excited to join forces with all of you in the global battle against cancer.
My wife Beccy and I were fortunate to join you in Austin last year for the LIVESTRONG Challenge weekend. It is a great event and unfortunately, we are unable to join you this year. Please know we are with you in spirit and admire your efforts in all you do to help fight this disease. On Sunday, October 16, I will be doing all I can to put the #28 car in victory circle, dedicated to the 28 million people we are fighting for! I invite you to watch the race on ABC at 3 p.m. Eastern. I hope to make an IndyCar fan out of you as well, knowing together, we can help “pick up the pace” in the global fight against cancer.
Again, I am honored to be a part of the LIVESTRONG team. I am with you in the fight!