Las Vegas II: Al-Anabi Racing team special paint scheme

AL-ANABI RACING PROMOTES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WITH SPECIAL LAS VEGAS PAINT SCHEME BROWNSBURG, Ind. - - The Al-Anabi Racing Team will help promote international awareness for breast cancer with a special "pink out" paint scheme this weekend at...

AL-ANABI RACING PROMOTES BREAST CANCER AWARENESS WITH SPECIAL LAS VEGAS PAINT SCHEME

BROWNSBURG, Ind. - - The Al-Anabi Racing Team will help promote international awareness for breast cancer with a special "pink out" paint scheme this weekend at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, it was announced today. The NHRA Full Throttle Drag Racing Series is at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway this weekend for the 10th annual NHRA Las Vegas Nationals.

With National Breast Cancer Awareness Month ending on Sunday, Larry Dixon's Top Fuel dragster will sport a special pink Al-Anabi Racing logo and the familiar pink ribbon at this weekend's race. The remainder of the car will not change. The "pink out" design was created by Ben Brown at the Indy Sign Company.

The American Cancer Society website says that more than 207,000 invasive cases of breast cancer, more than 54,000 cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS, a non-invasive and the earliest form of breast cancer.), and about 39,840 deaths in women will occur from breast cancer in the United States this year.

The disease hits close to home with the Al-Anabi team and team manager Alan Johnson. His sister, Pam, had breast cancer in 2007. Because of her knowledge of the disease and how to look for it, she found the lump during a self examination; early detection, diagnosis and treatment saved her life.

"Breast cancer awareness, for me, really saved my life," Pam Johnson said. "Early diagnosis saves lives, and I am a prime example. All the things I learned about the disease helped me survive. Breast cancer awareness is also about raising funds for treatment and research. I've benefitted myself from a lot of that research. During my treatment, I had a second opinion that was provided through one of the community programs that help educate people and fight the disease. I took advantage of it, and it helped me make decisions about my treatments. So breast cancer awareness is a pretty important thing to me."

Now cancer free for three years, Pam Johnson is planning to participate in the San Diego three-day Komen for the Cure fund-raising event to help fight the disease. In mid November, participants will walk 60 miles during a three-day weekend to continue raising awareness and funds to fight this treatable disease.

"The thing I promote most is early detection and diagnosis because it is truly live-saving," Pam Johnson said. "Women and men are taught how to find a lump in their bodies, not be afraid and get treatment. The more awareness there is the better chance people have of surviving, but the ultimate goal is the cure. The fundraising that goes on around the world is designed to promote awareness, early detection and the research to one day find a cure."

Dr. Sheikh Khalid bin Jabr Al Thani, chairman of the Qatar National Cancer Society, says two to three breast cancer patients are identified weekly in Qatar. Like the American Cancer Society, multiple agencies fight cancer in Qatar. The Qatar National Cancer Society has as its main objective to control the disease through public awareness, contribution in cleaning the environment and cooperation with the health authorities via bulletins, booklets, conferences, lectures and research studies. Think Pink Qatar's mission and vision is to raise the awareness of Breast Cancer to all residents of Qatar and to use that awareness to aid in the prevention, early detection and treatment of breast cancer.

"Breast Cancer is an international disease affecting many people," Al-Anabi Racing team manager Alan Johnson said. "We wanted to help raise awareness here and in Qatar, and what better way to raise awareness of an international disease than with a car that races in the United States but enjoys international support? We hope we can help people realize that this disease is treatable, especially if it's caught early and that one day, there will be ways to prevent it."

-source: al-anabi racing team

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