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Novant Health receives $1.2 million gift from NASCAR champion Martin Truex Jr. and cancer awareness advocate Sherry Pollex


On the evening of May 16 during the 9th annual Catwalk for a Cause fundraising event, 2017 NASCAR Cup Series champion Martin Truex Jr. and his partner, Sherry Pollex announced a $1.2 million gift to Novant Health from the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation. The gift will be used to establish the Novant Health Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Department in Huntersville and the SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic in Charlotte.

 “This remarkably generous gift from the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation will help Novant Health strengthen our community by ensuring cancer patients achieve optimal health and healing and children have access to life-saving emergency services,” said Dr. Andrew Mueller, senior vice president of Novant Health and president of the greater Charlotte market.

The Novant Health Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Department, scheduled to open at Novant Health Huntersville Medical Center in 2019, will be the only one of its kind devoted exclusively to caring for children and teens open 24 hours a day, seven days a week serving the Lake Norman communities. The Martin Truex Jr. Foundation Children’s Emergency Department will be designed to meet the needs of children and their families and will include a colorful waiting room, a triage room, nine private exam rooms, and the most advanced child-sized medical equipment. It will be staffed by physicians, nurses and other medical providers specially trained in pediatric emergency medicine.

 The Novant Health SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic will be housed in the new John M. and Claudia W. Belk Heart and Vascular Institute and Edward I. and Agnes B. Weisiger Cancer Institute, currently under construction at the corner of Fourth Street and Queens Road in Charlotte and scheduled to open in 2020. The Novant Health SherryStrong Integrative Medicine Oncology Clinic will enhance the current Novant Health Integrative Medicine program, which takes a holistic approach to managing the physical and emotional effects of cancer treatment, recovery and survivorship by combining a range of complementary therapies and healthy lifestyle practices with modern medicine. In 2014, Pollex was diagnosed with stage 3 ovarian cancer and in May 2016, she launched SherryStrong.org to empower women to know their bodies, recognize the symptoms of ovarian cancer and learn how integrative and holistic practices may complement conventional medicine.

 “Sherry and I are incredibly proud to partner with Novant Health to make a meaningful impact on patients while supporting causes that have touched our hearts and our lives,” said Truex. “We hope that our contributions will provide healthy and positive outcomes for adults living with cancer and children who need specialized emergency medical care.”

 

Posted on Wednesday, May 16, 2018
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