With October being Breast Cancer Awareness month, Cody Coughlin has been doing as much as he can to raise awareness for the disease that affects so many in America.
It started with changing the decals on his Team JEGS Toyota from black to pink at Winchester Speedway. He and his family also handed out gift packages during the autograph session at Winchester as well. It was all done in an effort to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research to hopefully find a cure.
Most recently, the 19-year-old Coughlin took a trip from his hometown of Delaware, Ohio over to Solis Mammography in Columbus, Ohio to lift the spirits of many patients.
"Breast cancer is something that affects so many people," said Coughlin. "We like to do these things to help with a great cause. We try to lift their spirits and help them out a bit, because they may be feeling down. We want them to know they're not battling this alone."
Coughlin delivered more than 200 gift packages, all containing pink items, to the patients at the health center.
"It was a good day," said Coughlin. "The gift packages won’t help with their fight, we hope they picked up their spirits on that day.
"My parents, John and Di, raised me to want to help others, even in small ways. God has blessed us in so many ways, so we try to give back when we can. This is a cause that is near and dear to our hearts, so we do what we can to help out."
This all started with the JEGS Foundation, and the work it has done to raise money for cancer research. The Coughlin family's personal experiences with cancer drove them to assist in building awareness of the many faces of cancer and help generate dollars through race earnings to advance cancer research.
The JEGS Foundation "Racing for Cancer Research" helps advance cancer research and build awareness. The motto "Racing for Cancer Research" was coined because of the donations generated by race and corporate earnings. The Coughlin family features the JEGS Racing for Cancer Research ribbon on all race cars and uniforms to raise cancer awareness. The ribbon may be a simple symbol, but it displays a meaningful sentiment.
The JEGS Foundation "Racing for Cancer Research" is honored to be affiliated with one of only 39 nationally-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, The Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute at The Ohio State University in Columbus, OH.
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