Last Updated on September 17, 2023, 4:56 pm
Tragically, Sherry Pollex, a co-founder of the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation and Martin Truex Jr.’s former long-term partner, passed away. The death of Sherry Pollex was reported today, September 17, 2023, on Sunday. After a protracted and courageous fight with cancer, she passed away.
Since receiving a stage 3 ovarian cancer diagnosis in 2014, Pollex has been fighting the disease for more than eight years. She disclosed that her cancer had returned and spread to her lungs in July 2022.
Sherry found out her cancer was “platinum resistant” when the last time she took chemotherapy, a few months before her most recent recurrence, and she and her medical team are now determined to discover alternative treatments.
She said to SurvivorNet that her cancer has moved from her lung to her esophagus and surgery is not an option. Pollex also stated before her death that It’s heavy because it’s not like you’re just deciding on your house or your car. The life you lead. What you choose must be effective. It’s challenging because of the strain and the mental aspect.
MTJ Foundation released her death news through a Facebook post with her family’s statement and wrote:
“It is with great sorrow that our beloved daughter and sister Sherry quietly passed away on the morning of Sunday, September 17. Although there are no adequate words to convey our sorrow adequately, we find comfort in the knowledge that Sherry is no longer in pain and has been returned to the Lord’s arms.
Sherry, as we all know, lived life to the fullest, having a profound impact on tens of thousands, if not millions, of people through her own life’s journey. She will always be loved by her family, the Catwalk kids she adored, and her friends.
Please join us in offering thanks to God for sending us Sherry; she is such an excellent example of unwavering love because she will always be present in our hearts, and we will carry on her legacy of compassion and service to the less fortunate.
Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I fear no evil, says the hymn, for You are with me; Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.”
Thoughts and Condolences to her family, friends, and Foundation community in this trying time. Pollex’s funeral and burial customs have not been released yet. The Pollex family requests privacy during this incredibly trying time.
Know more about Pollex
Sherry Pollex was born on May 10, 1979, in Marshall, Michigan. Later, she relocated to Brighton, Michigan, with her family. The National Motorsports Press Association’s Myers Brothers Award, given for extraordinary achievements in the sport of stock-car racing in 2017, was given to Pollex and his former teammate Martin Truex Jr.
Additionally, in 2022, Pollex was a nominee for the Comcast Community Champion of the Year Award. Pollex was well-known for her support of and fundraising for cancer research. She and Truex established the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation in 2007 as a charity for underprivileged kids.
The foundation’s focus has since changed to “underfunded cancer initiatives specific to childhood and ovarian cancers,” according to the foundation’s website, following Pollex’s cancer diagnosis.
Days before Pollex’s demise, the foundation’s annual “Catwalk for a Cause” event took place on September 13. She founded SherryStrong.org in 2016 to educate women about ovarian cancer early diagnosis and treatment choices.
Between the years 2005 and 2023, Pollex and Truex were a couple. In January of that year, they made their split formally known. In an earlier interview with The Athletic, Pollex stated that she hoped her battle with cancer would benefit other cancer patients. She explains, I frequently wonder if that’s my goal here.
Nobody really wants to be the face of any form of cancer, but maybe I intended to go through all of this to open the door for future women, even if it’s probably not what I would have chosen for myself.
On certain days, that is a difficult pill to take, she continues. On other occasions, however, I’ve been given a significant role in this life. If I’m going to leave a legacy behind and help other people, then I need to do it 100 percent.
In an interview with SurvivorNet in April 2022, Pollex discussed her experience as a cancer “warrior.” It’s challenging to envision yourself as a warrior when you’re in it. Prayers for her; Rest in Peace, Sherry Pollex.
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