INDIANAPOLIS -- John Andretti revealed earlier this week that he is fighting stage 4 colon cancer and is now leading a campaign to let others know the importance of getting screened early.
Andretti, the son of former racer Aldo Andretti and nephew of racing legend Mario Andretti, was diagnosed earlier this year and underwent surgery to remove a portion of his colon. Additional tests eventually discovered the cancer had spread to his liver.
A day after officially announcing his diagnosis, Andretti took to social media to share his thanks for the support he’s received, and to push his campaign, #CheckIt4Andretti: “My goal is to make people aware of the importance of screening through a colonoscopy. If you are 50 or your family has a history of colon cancer, waiting is not an option. You must be your own health care, advocate. If you don’t want to do it for yourself, do it for your family.”
— John Andretti (@John_Andretti) May 2, 2017
John Andretti comes from a racing family and has raced in 11 Indy 500 races. His uncle, Mario, and cousins, Marco and Michael, have all raced in the Indy 500 as well.
Andretti also competed in over 400 NASCAR races during his career.
Really excited about so many people responding by scheduling a colonoscopy. There is not a good reason 2 delay it. Please #checkit4Andretti
— John Andretti (@John_Andretti) May 4, 2017
If you would like to send a card to John Andretti, you can mail it to the following address:
John AndrettiP.O. Box 724Davidson, NC 28036