WESTBOROUGH -- Driver Todd Szegedy won't be the only new face on the racetrack for Rob Fuller Motorsports at New Hampshire Motor Speedway on July 11 and 12. Brian Regan, an 18-year-old testicular cancer survivor and 15-40 Connection representative, will be featured on the No. 15 entry in the NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour races.
Rob Fuller Motorsports and 15-40 Connection have teamed up to feature young cancer survivors throughout the 2014 NASCAR Whelen Modified Tour season in an effort to raise awareness of the obstacles teens and young adults face to diagnose cancer at earlier stages.
Reading into his sophomore year of college, Brian Regan, a Dunstable native, did a self-exam and noticed a lump.
"I wasn't someone who typically did self-exams, but I happened to check myself out one day in the shower because of a PSA I heard on the radio and I actually felt something," said Brian. "Something that I swear hadn't been there before."
He made a routine appointment for a sports physical for the upcoming season without alarming his family about this finding.
"I told the doctor what I had noticed," Brian continued. "She did a physical exam and simply told me there was nothing there. This made me angry. I knew there was something there and my gut was telling me that something was wrong, so I asked what we could do to make sure that there was definitely nothing there. After a short conversation she sent me down to the lab to have an ultrasound. The test revealed that I had a tumor on my right testicle. While scary news, I was happy I had fought for the ultrasound because otherwise that tumor would have gone undetected."
Brian went on to have surgery right away to remove the tumor and later found that it was cancerous. In fact, it was an aggressive form of testicular cancer that was treatable but is known for coming back once it's treated.
"My treatment was not pleasant," said Brian. "I ended up having 13 chemotherapy treatments in three weeks (11 of which were given in the first 5 days) and was extremely sick for the following weeks, but I am here and that is largely because I advocated for myself and trusted my instincts."
Race fans are urged to read Brian's full story at 15-40.org and share it with those they care about. Race weekend updates will be provided at the 15-40 Connection Facebook and Rob Fuller Motorsports Facebook pages.
15-40 Connection is celebrating its fifth anniversary and will hold its annual Mark and David Ungerer Golf Tournament, Gala and Auction on July 13 and 14. For information, visit 15-40.org.