MOTORSPORTS AND 15-40 CONNECTION SEEK STORIES
TO EXPAND CANCER SYMPTOM EDUCATIONAL PROGRAM
One Person Will Be
Featured On #15 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour Entry
At Thompson Speedway And Attend Race As Honorary Crew Member
thousands of fans across the nation, Rob Fuller
Motorsports knows the power of the NASCAR Home
Tracks community and wants to bring that strength to
a good cause.
This season in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour
(NWMT), Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection
has teamed up to share the journey of diagnosis of
four young adult cancer survivors. Now, the duo has
set their sights on acquiring more stories of
diagnosis to share in educational outreach efforts
empowering the lifesaving advantage of earlier
detection in young adults.
Young adult cancer survivors between the ages of 15
and 40 interested in sharing their journey of cancer
detection and diagnosis can email the team at
firstname.lastname@example.org. All stories will be considered
for inclusion in the 15-40 Connection educational
programs and one story will be featured at the NWMT
season finale race at Thompson Speedway on Oct. 19.
The person will be invited to attend the race as an
honorary crew member of the No. 15 race team.
For those who may not have a personal story to
share, but would still like to support the cause,
RFM and 15-40 Connection will give away five No. 15
RFM race packages from now until the Thompson race
weekend to individuals who sign up for the 15-40
Connection newsletter at
http://15-40.org/become_an_ally/ . The No.
15 race packages will include authentic race team
items such as crew t-shirts and autographed items.
During this season, the No. 15 team featured Josh
Bell, Dave McGrath, Brian Regan and Stephanie
Corliss on the race car and hosted them at selected
races. These young adult cancer survivors have
combined forces with 15-40 Connection to regularly
speak to student groups and share their experiences
with early signs of cancer and the challenges they
faced to receive a proper diagnosis.
“It takes a lot to open up and publicly share a
personal health story,” said Rob Fuller, race team
owner. “I’m grateful we have people like Josh, Dave,
Brian and Stephanie, who know the value of sharing a
story in order to save another life. The 15-40
Connection continues to make a difference in the
lives of young adults and the importance of these
stories of diagnosis cannot be measured. I’m urging
our racing community to share this message and help
us attain new journeys to share with young adults
across the nation. We can make a difference and it
starts with you and me.”
One of the key educational tools the group utilizes
is the “Learn From Me” stories from those who were
diagnosed with cancer. Their personal journeys to
identify and diagnose cancer have been shared with
thousands of young people to open the conversation
of early cancer detection.
“We know that cancer symptoms do not fit neatly on a
check list, but we do know that a cancer symptom is
most often a subtle but persistent change in your
normal health,” said Tricia Laursen, Executive
Director at 15-40 Connection. “15-40 Connection’s
mission is to empower teens and young adults with
knowledge that helps them recognize cancer at its
earliest possible stage.”
Cancer survival rates in teens and young adults
(ages 15 to 40) have barely improved since 1975 in a
large part because a delay in diagnosis allows time
for cancer to progress to more advanced stages.
15-40 Connection is changing this by empowering
individuals with knowledge that will save and
improve lives through early cancer detection.
To learn more, please visit
www.15-40.org or Facebook.com/1540Connection.
Source: Nealie Stufflet / Rob Fuller Motorsports
September 12, 2014