Sherry Pollex to advocate for cancer research funding, policies in Washington, D.C.

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Eleven months after being diagnosed with Stage 3 ovarian cancer, Sherry Pollex, the girlfriend of Furniture Row Racing driver Martin Truex Jr., is staying busy.

Representing the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance,  Pollex will visit Congress in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday to advocate for ovarian cancer funding and policies that promise cancer patients have access to cancer therapy at affordable out-of-pocket costs.

“I am both excited and honored to have been asked to partner with the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance and go to Washington to meet with legislators to discuss the much needed additional funding for ovarian cancer,” Pollex said in a press release. “We will also be there to advocate for policies that ensure women have access to the newest personalized treatments for cancer. There are new drugs available for ovarian cancer but for many women they are not affordable even with insurance coverage. We need to change that, and make sure that everyone has access to the breakthrough treatments to fight this disease.”

Pollex will also push for full federal funding of ovarian cancer research and education programs at the National Institutes of Health, Department of Defense, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

In 2007, Truex and Pollex founded the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, which focuses on raising funds for pediatric cancer research and treatment. The foundation holds the annual Catwalk for a Cause, which raised $300,000 earlier this year for the Levine Children’s Hospital in Charlotte, N.C.