When Danica Patrick’s No. 10 Ford Fusion goes screaming around the turns at Kansas Speedway in Kansas City, Kan., on May 13, viewers will see flashes of Colorado State University next to “Wonder Woman.”
Stewart-Haas Racing will use this race day platform to bring awareness to, and understanding for One Cure, an initiative from the Flint Animal Cancer Center at CSU.
The partnership was made possible thanks to Code 3 Associates, a longtime Flint Animal Cancer Center supporter.
“I’ve given to all sorts of animal charities through the years, but One Cure is different,” Patrick said. “The purpose of One Cure is a game changer in finding a potential cure for cancer. Our pets are members of our families, and when they aren’t well, we want to do everything we can to help. Cancer has touched so many of us. Knowing we can use what we learn from keeping our animals healthy to potentially help save human lives is a cause I’m honored to support.”
Innovative cancer research
One Cure, a project led by CSU’s Flint Animal Cancer Center, utilizes research from innovative cancer treatments for pets involved in clinical trials to benefit people. The center sees more than 1,500 new animal cancer patients every year, with approximately 400 patients enrolling in these carefully monitored clinical trials. These canine and feline patients help to pioneer cancer research, moving treatments out of the laboratory and into clinical practice, ultimately providing hope to the next generation of animal and human cancer patients.
“We need a new way to race for potential cures to cancer, and pets may provide the answer,” said Dr. Rodney Page, director of the Flint Animal Cancer Center, describing the concept of comparative oncology, or how human and animal doctors are working together to beat cancer.
“Partnering with Stewart-Haas Racing and Danica Patrick on One Cure is a start to helping many people understand that cancer occurs in pets in a similar rate to humans, and that it occurs naturally,” he said. “Cancer is cancer, so what is learned in pets being treated for cancer holds promise to also benefit people, and vice versa.”
To create awareness of the Flint Animal Cancer Center and its groundbreaking work in comparative oncology, Patrick’s car will feature One Cure at the upcoming Monster Energy NASCAR Cup Series races May 13 at Kansas Speedway, May 20 at Charlotte (N.C.) Motor Speedway’s Monster Energy Open and August 19 at Bristol (Tenn.) Motor Speedway.
Stewart-Haas Racing will donate proceeds from sales of Patrick’s Dallas dogs – plush replicas of her own miniature Siberian Husky – throughout the month of May and Patrick will make a matching gift to One Cure.
Code 3 Associates has also provided opportunities for One Cure to make an appearance at the upcoming Indianapolis 500 through the Tony Stewart Foundation and driver, Jay Howard, on May 28.
About One Cure
Cancer is cancer. One Cure is founded on the principle that cancer affects all creatures and that treatment breakthroughs come through collaboration between scientists and doctors who are working with both people and animals. This approach is known as comparative or translational oncology, and it is the core of the One Cure concept. At the Flint Animal Cancer Center at Colorado State University, our mission is to improve the prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer in pet animals, translating our research and knowledge to also benefit people with cancer.