HAMILTON UPDATES FANS ON HIS CANCER BATTLE Mt. Juliet, TN -- December 20, 2006 -- After many questions and rumored negative publicity NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton addresses all the supporters on his current cancer battle.
HAMILTON UPDATES FANS ON HIS CANCER BATTLE
Mt. Juliet, TN -- December 20, 2006 -- After many questions and rumored negative publicity NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series champion Bobby Hamilton addresses all the supporters on his current cancer battle. In August after extensive treatment from chemotherapy and radiation Hamilton and his doctors were optimistic about findings in his post-treatment CT Scan. However, microscopic cancer cells still remained in the right side of his neck. Since that time, Hamilton is continuing his chemotherapy treatment and has gone through several procedures to keep the cancer at bay.
"There are two things that I've truly learned from an unfortunate battle like this. One thing is that some people really go out of their way to sincerely support my battle. The flip side to that unfortunately is people really use the circumstances to say or write the story based on complete speculation and don't think about the repercussions it causes. Cancer is an ongoing battle, and once you are diagnosed you always live with the thought of the disease in your body. It is the worst thing you could ever imagine.
"For those people who have truly supported me, my family, Fastenal, Dodge, NASCAR, all of Bobby Hamilton Racing and the genuine people who truly support my diagnosis and battle, thank you from the bottom of my heart for continuing to believe in me and my organization. This battle is a private matter for me and I have done my best to share it at my own expense. So I don't think it is my place to even acknowledge the rest of the negative people who have played on my unfortunate circumstances.
"I have great people surrounding me at BHR who really stepped up to the plate to ensure that my company is on the right track for 2007 and beyond. We ended the 2006 season on a high note and made a great announcement adding my friend Ken Schrader to our No. 18 Fastenal Dodge. We feel that his knowledge will help lead our rookie Chase Miller in the No. 4 Dodge Motorsports Dodge in the right direction. We made some personnel changes and are really excited about 2007. I'm still here, despite what people say, and I'm still calling the shots around BHR. Our sponsors have been very understanding and their support is tremendous. We will continue to be a championship caliber team."J
As for his continued fight with cancer, Hamilton is certainly no stranger to tough battles, both on and off the racetrack. He knows cancer is not a foe that goes away easily, but is pushing himself daily to beat the disease.
"We are going to continue to search for the best available treatment for my form of cancer," Hamilton said. "I have flown to several places for other opinions. We know there are some of the brightest minds in the world working on a cure for cancer. I didn't want to be labeled as a victim when I announced it and I sure won't lie down and be a victim now."