Story by: Dalton Bishop
He raced on the track, and now he is in a race for his life. When you hear the name Andretti you always think of the legends that have raced on the track. But now the Mooresville, North Carolina native is in a fight for his life. 54 year old John Andretti went to the doctor for a “routine” colonoscopy to find out something he wasn’t prepared for. In January doctors told John that he had stage 3 colon cancer, they soon scheduled a surgery to remove 12-14 inches of his colon. John continued to go back to the doctors for check-ups after the surgery and he soon told them about a pain in his side. Doctors later discovered that the cancer had spread to his liver. Andretti explained “Now i’m a stage 4A. There is only a stage 4B to my understanding, so i’m not really to excited about that. But the good news is that we are still on the curable side of things” Andretti explained. Andretti also stated “We’re in it to win it, but, this is one race i can’t lose”. John raced in 12 Indianapolis 500s and spent 17 years in NASCAR. He has a wife and 3 children. Andretti also said that he is scared of what is happening to his body, he will have surgery in June to remove the cancer from his liver. Andretti wants you to be aware of how important it is to get a colonoscopy, he is asking that if you have the opportunity to get one to please take the opportunity and get one. When you go and get a Colonoscopy be sure to let John know on social media by using the hashtag #Checkit4Andretti.
In the picture below you will John (on the right) and his son Jarett(Left) last summer at a Sprint Car race.