Alexis DeJoria Racing has announced a partnership with the Nevada Health Centers (NVHC) that will enable them to provide FREE mammograms to female race fans when NVHC’s “mammovan,” a mobile mammography unit housed within a semi-truck, makes a stop at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway during the NHRA Toyota Nationals, Oct. 24-27.
The unit will be located directly behind the Alexis DeJoria Racing pit throughout the race weekend, and open for screenings at the start of each race day. Any woman over the age of 40 --regardless of her health insurance status -- is encouraged to stop into the “mammovan” at any point throughout the weekend and take advantage of the free screenings.
“I’m thrilled that we were able to team up with NVHC and provide this service to our fans” said DeJoria, whose Tequila Patrón hot rod is decked out in special pink graphics throughout the month of October -- National Breast Cancer Awareness month --beginning with last weekend’s race in Reading, Pa. “As one of the few females in the auto-racing industry, it’s important to me to be a vocal spokesperson for the fight against breast cancer. At any given race, you see just as many female fans as you do males. People don’t typically think of auto racing as a sport that attracts a large female audience, but it does, which is why I was so intent on doing something like this.
“Adding pink accents to race cars and selling specialty pink merchandise is great, but we wanted to take it a step further and be an active supporter of the fight against breast cancer. When planning what we were going to do to support National Breast Cancer Awareness month, we decided we wanted to do something that would be a direct benefit to our fans, which is where the idea of ‘free mammograms for the fans’ came from.
“I encourage any woman attending the race to stop by the “mammovan” and get screened. According to the Susan G. Komen Foundation, lack of health insurance is one of the main reasons women go without getting a mammogram. This is the perfect opportunity to have this important test performed, regardless of one’s insurance or financial situation,” said DeJoria, who will be getting screened herself during the weekend.
Those wishing to get screened at the race do not need an appointment or a referral. Although health insurance is not a requirement, those who are insured should bring their insurance information to the race. Test results will be sent via mail approximately 10 days following the event.