The Tony Stewart Foundation has joined up with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports to launch Team One Cure for the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil in May. Schmidt Peterson Motorsports will provide an entry for Team One Cure.
Speaking about the initiative and the partnership with Schmidt Peterson Motorsports, Tony Stewart commented by saying:
We learned that with the One Cure program, cancer treatment breakthroughs are happening through collaboration between scientists and doctors working with both people and pets. “It perfectly fits with my foundation’s missions to help children and animals. Sam Schmidt represents the very best in an injured racer overcoming adversity, plus we share the passion to win at IMS.
Dr Rodney Page, Director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center commented by saying:
We need a new way to race for potential cures to cancer, and pets may provide the answer. Partnering with The Tony Stewart Foundation for Team One Cure provides a strong start to helping many people understand that cancer occurs in pets in a similar rate to humans, and that it occurs naturally. Cancer is cancer, so what is learned in pets being treated for cancer holds promise to also benefit people, and vice versa. This approach is known as comparative or translational oncology, and it is the core of the One Cure concept. We hope through this new partnership to help educate more people about comparative oncology and improve the lives of all cancer patients, whether they have two or four legs.
Schmidt Peterson Motorsports team co-owner Sam Schmidt commented by saying:
Very pleased to be participating in the 101st Running of the Indy 500 with such a fantastic program as Team One Cure. “Tony is the most generous guy I know in motorsports, and his charitable efforts on behalf of children and animals in need is unbelievable, so this is a perfect fit. With the team at Colorado State University making such huge strides in cancer research, this will truly be a cause we can get behind. That, combined with both of our extreme desires to win this race, should make for a really competitive entry.
The team announce who drive the No.77 Honda soon and for information visit – http://tonystewartfoundation.org/
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