Tuesday, February 16, 2016


Sherry Pollex, longtime partner of NASCAR driver Martin Truex Jr. will be the special guest speaker at GYN Cancers Alliance’s upcoming fundraiser, the 15th Annual Spring Luncheon and Survivor Fashion Show presented by Ron & Janice Penney. The event benefits GYN Cancers Alliance and The Ellis Fund.

Pollex was diagnosed with Ovarian Cancer in late 2014, she and Truex Jr. were very public about her diagnosis and journey. The two have become advocates for research and early detection of the disease. Sherry has a long history of supporting cancer research, specifically through the Martin Truex Jr. Foundations’ annual CatWalk for a Cause Fashion Show (May 18th, 2016 in Mooresville, NC). The foundation’s focus is raising funds for childhood cancer research. After Sherry’s diagnosis the mission of the foundation evolved to include raising awareness and funds for Ovarian Cancer research.

To celebrate GYNCA’s 15th year of operation in the Ozarks and the 15th year of this annual event, Jan Robbins Executive Director wanted to GO BIG in 2016.

“As we worked to come up with fresh ideas for our survivor fashion show with this year’s Chairwoman, Janice Penney, we decided GYNCA could give back to another like organization through the event. We have partnered with The Ellis Fund. This fund was established to help ease the financial burden families face as a child goes through a cancer diagnosis. Very similar to what we do here locally at GYNCA,” shared Robbins.

“This year we will feature childhood cancer and gynecologic cancer survivors in the Fashion Show. Rocking fashions by; Town & County, The Harem, Krickets Fine Fashions, Talbots, The Review Shoppe and Hip Chick Boutique. Sherry Pollex has been hosting a childhood cancer fashion show for 7 years now, the similarities of what we are doing here in the Ozarks and what Sherry and the foundation are doing make this extra special for all of us. She has been through a lot in the last 17 months and is extremely generous to give of her time and resources to come here and help raise awareness and funds in Southwest Missouri for GYNCA and the Ellis Fund,” continued Robbins.

The 15th Annual Spring Luncheon & Survivor Fashion Show will be held on Monday, April 4, 2016 at the Ramada Oasis Convention Center. Tickets are on sale now for just $35 per person. The event is limited to the first 500 women to register and will sell out, visit GYNCA.org today to purchase tickets or call (417)869-2220. For more information contact, Ashley Berry at the same number or via email, [email protected].

Special VIP Meet and Greet with Sherry Pollex will be available to event guests afterwards for a donation of $25. These passes are limited and must be reserved in advance by contacting [email protected]

About GYNCA:

GYN Cancers Alliance provides education, resources and support to local women and caregivers affected by gynecologic cancers.

GYNCA Services

  • Survivor-to-Survivor Mentoring partnering with Imerman Angels
  • New Hope Support Group Meetings
  • Education & Awareness
  • Emergency Non-Medical Financial Assistance (totaling over $120,000 in 2015 to women in the Ozarks)

About The Ellis Fund:

The Ellis Fund was founded in 2008 as a resource for families in Southwest Missouri whose child has cancer. We help pay non-medical expenses. Named in memory of Ellis Beam(son of Keith Beam and Karen [Catt]), who died of cancer (1992-1994), is available to help families of children with cancer pay some of their non-medical expenses so they can focus on taking care of the child and family. Living expenses, including mortgage, utilities, necessities ranging from diapers to OTC medications and travel to appointments.

About Sherry Pollex:

The Players Tribune released a fantastic article this week written by Martin Truex Jr. about the journey he and Sherry have been on. Please click here; http://www.theplayerstribune.com/martin-truex-jr-nascar-cancer/

For more information about the work being done at the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation, please visit their website; www.martintruexjrfoundation.org

Special thanks to event supporters; Ron & Janice Penney, 417 Magazine, Rosalie O’Reilly Wooten, Old Missouri Bank (OMB), Colorgraphic Printing Inc., AdSmith Communications.

Thank you to the following GYNCA Partners in Hope:

C.W. Titus Foundation, Ron & Janice Penney, Bee Payne Stewart Foundation, CMH – Citizens Memorial Healthcare, Robert & Becky Bach, Hospice Foundation of the Ozarks, Dr. John & Susan Mihalevich, Mercy, Dr. Al & Stevia Bonebrake, ADsmith Marketing & Advertising, Dr. Jay & Robin Carlson, Custom Metalcraft, Friends & Family of Cathy Banta Lindstrom, Abacus Technology, Colorgraphic Printing Inc., Friends & Family of Cyndi Sullivan, CoxHealth, and 417 Magazine.