Martinsville Speedway started off Breast Cancer Awareness month with their annual Paint the Curbs Pink event. It was an event to bring awareness to the disease and give the survivors a chance to come together. Several special guests were present at the Speedway on Wednesday: Jamie McMurray, Nascar Driver; Kasey Kahne, Nascar Driver; Clay Campbell, Martinsville Speedway President; Chuck Spieser, Chevrolet Motorsports Marketing Manager; Sheilah Gilliam,Reach to Recovery Volunteer; Frank Dalton, American Cancer Society Spokesperson.
This event began by having survivors and their esteemed guests paint on the track pink. Everyone had a hand in presenting this symbolic gesture. Kasey Kahne mentioned how the color of the curb reminds them when they come to race in late October about those affected by breast cancer. He also credits Chevrolet and Martinsville Speedway for coming together for such a wonderful cause.
Cancer survivor, Sheilah Gilliam expressed her excitement about being able to come together with other survivors and encourage those who are currently being affected by the condition. Frank Dalton Jr., who is also a breast cancer survivor, made a plea to men to make sure that they get checked professionally and personally. He emphasized that although the percentage is low that breast cancer still affects men. The survivors were appreciative of all the support in this event as a celebration of their fight.