Teen Cancer Survivor To Be Honored By Rob Fuller Motorsports At New Hampshire Motor Speedway

Brian Regan will be featured on the Rob Fuller Motorsports Whelen Modified Tour car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 11-12

Brian Regan will be featured on the Rob Fuller Motorsports Whelen Modified Tour car at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 11-12

WhenTodd Szegedy makes his debut driving for Rob Fuller Motorsports in NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour action at New Hampshire Motor Speedway July 11 and 12, he will have a special guest riding along with him.

Brian Regan of Dunstable, Mass., an 18-year old cancer survivor and representive of 15-40 Connection will be featured on Szegedy’s No. 15 Rob Fuller Motorsports ride for the Whelen All-Star Shootout exhibition event on July 11 at NHMS and the Whelen Modified Tour New England 100 on July 12.

Rob Fuller and 15-40 Connection have teamed up to feature young cancer survivors for each Whelen Modified Tour event they’ve participated in this season.

15-40 Connection is a non-profit group working to raise awareness of the importance of early detection of cancer in individuals between the ages of 15 and 40.

Regan is a testicular cancer survivor.

“I wasn’t someone who typically did self-exams, but I happened to check myself out one day in the shower because of a PSA I heard on the radio and I actually felt something,” Regan said in a release. “Something that I swear hadn’t been there before.

“I told the doctor what I had noticed. She did a physical exam and simply told me there was nothing there. This made me angry. I knew there was something there and my gut was telling me that something was wrong, so I asked what we could do to make sure that there was definitely nothing there. After a short conversation she sent me down to the lab to have an ultrasound. The test revealed that I had a tumor on my right testicle. While scary news, I was happy I had fought for the ultrasound because otherwise that tumor would have gone undetected.

“My treatment was not pleasant, I ended up having 13 chemotherapy treatments in three weeks (11 of which were given in the first 5 days) and was extremely sick for the following weeks, but I am here and that is largely because I advocated for myself and trusted my instincts.”

Tricia Laursen, executive director of 15-40 Connection said Regan’s story is a common one.

“We advocate that you know your body better than anyone else,” Laursen said. “Young adults run into many obstacles from doctor’s dismissal to a lack of frame of reference to know what an early warning sign of cancer can look or feel like. The key is to understand the warning signs, act quickly and be an advocate for your health. If you have encountered a change in your body that lasts for two weeks, take action and tell your doctor.”

Rob Fuller Motorsports has also feature cancer survivors Josh Bell and Dave McGrath at events earlier this year.

“I have really enjoyed the partnership with 15-40 Connection because we are working to make a difference in people’s lives,” Fuller said. “Brian, Josh and Dave took all the right steps in order to get an early diagnosis and it’s important for us to share their stories with others. I’m certainly looking forward to meeting Brian and honoring him at the track.”

Szegedy, a former Whelen Modified Tour champion from Ridgefield who is now competing full-time with the Valenti Modified Racing Series, will be making his first start for Rob Fuller Motorsports.

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