STATESVILLE, N.C. – Rob Fuller and his RFM team will have a new look, new number and a new mission when they take to the track in 2013 as 15-40 Connection will be joining his team as primary sponsor for the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour schedule.
With his new partnership, Fuller has left behind his familiar No. 71 in exchange for his new number, 15, in order to help bring more awareness and identification to the 15-40 Connection. With the new partnership Fuller’s job becomes more important than ever this season, not only will he be looking to bring his No. 15 Modified car to the front of the pack but also to aide in spreading teen and young adult cancer awareness and the importance of early detection.
The mission of 15-40 Connection is to empower individuals with knowledge that will save and improve lives through early cancer detection. The incidence of cancer the 15 to 40 age range is rising. Since 1975, improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have not kept pace with improvements in other age groups. Many are unaware of the subtle ways cancer symptoms can express themselves at earlier stages. Most people know that early cancer detection saves and extends lives but are unaware of the role they play in providing themselves with this advantage.
The 15-40 connection is empowering individuals with information to create awareness of what a cancer symptom can look or feel like, of the importance of both benchmarking your normal health by getting a physical and of being honest with your doctor even if you’re embarrassed, and the importance of trusting your instincts and making sure your doctor takes your concerns seriously.
“The 15-40 Connection is excited to partner with Rob,” said Jim Coghlin, Sr., Founder & Chief Volunteer, 15-40 Connection. ” I often say, health is wealth and without it you have nothing. I know it sounds cliché but it’s true. Cancer doesn’t care how old you are so the fact that improvements in teen and young adult cancer survival rates have been lagging for almost 40 years is unacceptable. Rob’s efforts to build awareness about this issue and share knowledge that empowers early cancer detection will save lives.”
Fuller, a longtime staple in the NASCAR ranks, couldn’t be more excited to get their efforts up and running and will do so when the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour takes to Thompson International Speedway for the first points-awarding race of the season, the Icebreaker, on April 14th.
For Fuller, there couldn’t be a better track to kick-start the season as the Fuller name is synonymous with winning at the famed short track. It is not only the track where he earned his first victory, but also the place where the entire Fuller family got their start both racing and winning.
“I am really excited to be partnered with 15-40 Connection this season,” said Fuller. “I have to thank everybody at 15-40 Connection for this opportunity. This relationship started off as a friendship and has blossomed into a partnership, and that just adds to my motivation to help spread the word about early cancer detection through my RFM team’s efforts both on and off the track. To not only have a competitive race car out on the track but more importantly to have the opportunity to help raise cancer awareness through our partnership is really an honor. We couldn’t be connected to a better organization, and I look forward to representing them at the front of the pack this season.”