Bubba Wallace joins fight on World Cancer Day – Nascar
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Saturday is designated as World Cancer Day, and the impact of fighting this disease is not lost on young NASCAR star driver Bubba Wallace, who is an Ambassador for the national Movember Foundation.
Wallace is among a long list of celebrities and sports stars who have made it a priority to recognize the annual effort to bring attention to fighting this disease. And to making a difference.
“The truth is, I’m able to go right now to a mountain bike park with my dad, able to enjoy life on an off-day, just having fun and not having any limits or barriers,” said the driver of Roush Fenway Racing‘s No. 6 Leidos Ford Mustang in the XFINITY Series.
“We’re trying to find a cure for all kinds of cancer and it’s something I think everyone is on board with. Nobody wants to see time shortened up with such a strong disease. It’s just something I always wanted to step up to the plate, support and do what I need to do.”
Wallace is joining a high-profile list of current and former Movember ambassadors such as Cindy Crawford, Emmy Rossum, Christoph Waltz, Eric Decker and James Wolk. They have all lent their names in an effort to bring attention and hope to patients around the world suffering from cancer.
The Movember organization is well known for its work encouraging men to grow beards and mustaches each November as a way to get the general conversation started on ways to raise awareness and funds.
In addition to his work with Movember and its emphasis on men’s health issues, Wallace was also among a group of NASCAR drivers who helped paint the Charlotte Motor Speedway walls pink last October in recognition of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign.
“It’s been a lot of fun going to the track and painting the walls for breast cancer,” Wallace said. “Knowing close friends that have been involved and affected by it, it’s something I keep close to heart for sure. It’s a struggle and I don’t want to see anybody have to go through that struggle.
“I want everybody to have a good life and do what they want to do.”
Saturday’s campaign — coordinated by the Union for International Cancer Control — is promoting the Twitter hashtag #WeCanICan and reminding people on a global scale of the work still to be done.
The campaign reminds, “Just as cancer affects everyone in different ways, everyone has the power to take action to reduce the impact that cancer has. World Cancer Day is a chance to reflect on what you can do, make a pledge and take action.”