To be a contributor in the fight to conquer cancer by traveling to
distributing cancer information to raise awareness of cancer detection, prevention and
and raising money for the American Cancer Society's programs of
public education and research.
at age 53 on March 6, 2000, after living with
cancer for half of her life. Between treatments, she spent most of her last
two years traveling the country, speaking at Corvette events, raising money for
the American Cancer Society.
Late in 1997, at age 51, Sandy was undergoing rigorous chemotherapy for a recurrence
of breast cancer that had spread to her lymph system. During the infusions, she would think happy
thoughts. These thoughts always included traveling with her husband, Ben, in her
beloved 1963 Corvette
convertible. The months of treatments dragged on. During each session her mind would wander farther, to distant
Corvette shows, where she would speak about cancer - about
detection and prevention and research - and she would raise money for the
American Cancer Society.
The images became more vivid, and, without
realizing it, she wasn't daydreaming any
longer, she was planning!
She told Ben, "I know this recurrence
is NOT a good thing. As soon as I'm done with this course of treatment, and
while I'm still able, I want to sell the '63, get a C5 [the newest model], and go on a tour of the
country, hitting all the major Corvette shows, speaking whenever I have the opportunity,
distributing cancer information and raising money for the American
Cancer Society. Whatever it takes, I'm going to find a way!"
Sandy became focused on making the Corvettes Conquer
Cancer Tour a reality! Looking back on it later, she would laugh and say that
the idea was "drug induced"!
In a nutshell, Sandy and Ben
spent the last two years of Sandy's life covering 50,000 miles, living out her "drug induced" dream:
the Corvettes Conquer Cancer Tour.
In her memory, Ben has
continued with the Tour to the extent that earning a living will permit. He
drove an additional 21,000 miles in 2000 and 23,000 in 2001. An expanded schedule for 2002, which included 8 events in 10 days on the Monterey
Peninsula in California, had him traveling
30,000 miles! 2003 saw 22,000; 2004 another 22,000; 2005 a low of 17,000. After
8 years, the trusty '97 Corvette had completed
over 195,000 miles in this effort as the 2006 season started. It was retired
(temporarily) to the National Corvette Museum on April 22, 2006 after 201,370
miles. Ben moved to Decatur Alabama in 2009 and had covered 250,000 miles in the 2006 by the end of the
became even more personal for Ben in the summer of 2015 with the diagnosis of
prostate cancer based on a routine PSA test and subsequent biopsy. He had NO
SYMPTOMS! It was removed by robotic surgery in August at Vanderbilt Medical
Center in Nashville. 4 subsequent tests over 17 months have
found the PSA level to be "undetectable"! Men: be sure to get regular PSA tests!
2002 Monterey Trip Click photo below for
pictures and comments from our
FANTASTIC August 2002 trip from Maine to California:
8 events in 10 days on the Monterey Peninsula;
a total of 10,000 miles and 35 states in 23 days on the road.
Sponsor to join these loyal and invaluable supporters!
Corvettes Conquer Cancer Thanks Our
Sponsors For Making This Mission Possible:
With sponsors' support to cover our
expenses, our goal is that everypenny we collect in our travels to
Corvette events around the country goes directly to the American Cancer Society
office that serves
the area where the event was held.