NASCAR Driver to Visit Patients, Share Survival Story

Cancer survivor Lagasse credits early detection with saving his life

NASCAR driver and colon cancer survivor Scott Lagasse Jr. will visit patients at two Bellin Health clinics Thursday, Aug. 24, ahead of Sunday’s XFINITY Series Johnsonville 180 race at Road America in Elkhart Lake.

Bellin Health has teamed up with Lagasse to spread the word about colon cancer screening through his SCREEN YOUR MACHINE™ initiative. The health system is supporting Lagasse and will have its logo displayed on his #3 car for Sunday’s race.

“This is a tremendous opportunity to team up with a prominent sports figure for a great cause,” said Jen Macdonald, Bellin Health Director of Oncology. “We know screenings save lives, and individuals like Scott Lagasse can truly make a difference by spreading the word.”

Lagasse will meet with patients at the Cancer TEAM at Bellin Health, 1580 Commanche Ave.; and Bellin Health Ashwaubenon, 1630 Commanche Ave., from 9 a.m.-noon Thursday. He will sign autographs and give away race gloves, race hats and team shirts as he shares his story and provides potentially life-saving information about colon cancer screening. Later Thursday, Lagasse will shoot a colon cancer public service announcement for Bellin Health.

Lagasse is a colon cancer survivor who credits early detection with saving his life. He delivered a Tedx talk on the importance of screening to an audience of more than 30,000 people, and he is the ambassador for FightCRC.org, a leading organization in the fight against colorectal cancer. Lagasse recently was named the American Cancer Society ambassador to motorsports, and his SCREEN YOUR MACHINE initiative is now a collaborative effort with the ACS.

The NASCAR Xfinity Series is a stock car racing series organized by NASCAR. NASCAR has three top-tier series, the Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series, the Xfinity series and the Camping World Truck Series. Xfinity series events are most often held the day before Monster Energy Cup Series events and have rating equal to NBA and MLB games. Sunday’s Road American Wisconsin race is unique in that the Xfinity Series is the only series racing this weekend and is the spotlight race for NASCAR fans. It is the only NASCAR race to be held in Wisconsin this year.