Yesterday I learned of the passing of my all-time favorite race car driver, John Andretti. John was only 56 years old. He passed away on January 30th after a 3-year or so battle with colon cancer. My understanding from the many stories written about his passing is that John spent a good deal of his time the past several years reminding everyone over the age of 50 to get screened for colon cancer. John became as passionate about this cause as he was for raising money for the Riley Hospital For Children in Indianapolis, Indiana thru his Race For Riley.
John was a talented race car driver, but more importantly, according to the many, many people who knew him well, a great human being. I had the honor to meet and talk with him on one occasion, and he couldn’t have been nicer taking the time to stop and have his picture taken with me. I am sad at his passing but I know that the world was a better place because of his short time here, and I know that he used his sickness to help educate others so that they might prevent the horrible cancer that took him from his family, friends and fans. If you read this blog and if you are over the age of 50, please take John’s message to heart and talk to your doctor about a colonoscopy. Remember #CheckIt4Andretti