Sherry Pollex, longtime NASCAR philanthropist and girlfriend of Martin Truex Jr., dead at 44 after battle with cancer
- After beating ovarian cancer in 2016, the disease returned in her lungs in 2021
- Pollex was the partner of Martin Truex Jr from 2005 until they split in January
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Sherry Pollex, a woman who had been around NASCAR for most of her life and used her love for the sport as a way to promote charitable causes, passed away on Sunday at the age of 44.
Pollex had been battling cancer since her initial diagnosis back in 2014, which was announced as the cause of her death.
After initially getting into NASCAR through the efforts of her father Greg Pollex - who owned ppc Racing, a team in the sport's second-division circuit - Sherry began using her business acumen to promote charities and causes close to her heart.
She was instrumental in founding 'Catwalk for a Cause' - an annual charity fashion gala in the sport that has raised more than $4million to battle childhood cancer since it was founded in 2010.
Pollex had been dating 2017 NASCAR Cup series champion Martin Truex Jr. from 2005 until the couple split this year.
Sherry Pollex, a philanthropist who did much of her work with NASCAR, passed away at 44
Pollex had been the longtime partner of 2017 Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr.
NASCAR released a statement saying, 'NASCAR is saddened to learn of the passing of Sherry Pollex, whose fight against cancer and determination to help others through the Sherry Strong Foundation was an inspiration to all who knew her.
'NASCAR and the NASCAR Foundation’s thoughts and prayers are with Sherry’s family and friends.'
Sherry's father Greg had been racing at dirt tracks in their native Michigan before eventually transitioning into the national circuits. ppc Racing won what was then-known as the Busch Series - now the Xfinity Series - championship in 2000 with driver Jeff Green.
After moving to Florida in Sherry's middle school years, she went on to graduate from Florida State University with a degree in sports marketing.
She met Truex while he was in the Xfinity Series. The couple would go on to form the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation - which raises money for pediatric and ovarian cancer battles.
Truex would go onto the top-flight Cup Series, where he would win the 2017 Cup Series title. He currently is tied for the lead as the 2023 season comes to an end - with Truex winning the regular season title.
Pollex's own diagnosis was given to her in 2014 when doctors found advanced Stage III ovarian cancer. She underwent emergency surgery that August, where doctors removed her ovaries, fallopian tubes, spleen, appendix, and part of her stomach.
After undergoing surgery in 2016, Pollex's cancer returned in her lungs in September 2021
After doctors gave her a 30 percent chance of survival in the following five years, she ended her chemotherapy treatments in January of 2016.
After years of remission, doctors found that Pollex's cancer returned in September of 2021.
They determined that the disease had spread to her lungs - with further scans finding that the cancer had progressed.
Moreover, they found that this strain of cancer was particularly aggressive and resistant to treatment.