Drivers, NASCAR personnel attend Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s Catwalk for a Cause

The red carpet was studded with drivers, wives and girlfriends, media members and NASCAR personnel on Wednesday evening for the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation’s eighth annual Catwalk for a Cause, which raises funds for childhood and ovarian cancers.

Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr., Danica Patrick, Joey Logano, Brad Keselowski, Ty Dillon, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Ryan Newman and others all were in attendance. Aric Almirola, who suffered a compression fracture of the T5 vertebra after being involved in a wreck during Saturday’s race at Kansas Speedway, also made an appearance on the red carpet and participated in the program.

 

The event was a dramatic James Bond-themed gathering held at Statesville (N.C.) Regional Airport. Fifteen “Catwalk Heroes,” ranging in age from 3 to 17 years old were introduced on stage leading up to the main event. These children are either battling or have beaten cancer. Several drivers, including Earnhardt Jr. and his wife Amy, walked in the event with the children.

For ovarian cancer survivor Sherry Pollex, Martin Truex Jr.’s long-time girlfriend who started the foundation with Truex, Wednesday night’s event was especially meaningful as it marked her first Catwalk for Cause event with her cancer in remission.

“It’s kind of a ‘pinch-me’ moment — I’m like, ‘Is this really happening?’ because I never really envisioned it being this big,” Pollex told FS1 via Facebook Live. “… It is very humbling and I’m so thankful for the support not just from our sponsors, but everybody in NASCAR and everybody outside the sport in our community that came out tonight to watch the kids.”

Country pop group Florida Georgia Line also performed later that night.