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Having made the leap from daydream to actual planning stage,
Sandy's first call was to her old friend, National
Corvette Museum founder, the late Dan
immediately went pedal to the metal, lining up the contacts in the Corvette field
whom he thought could help. Throughout the rest of the winter and through the
spring of 1998 Sandy developed a schedule of events to go to, and lined up a
major sponsor who was to provide the use of a new C5 Corvette and cover expenses for the Tour.
All this time, Sandy was completing the
debilitating chemotherapy, and undergoing screening for a bone marrow transplant
at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Long before the days of Google, she became adept at searching the
internet for information about her disease and the effectiveness of a variety of
treatment options, including the bone marrow transplant. She didn't like what
she found. The transplant would require that she be in total isolation for 1-2
months, followed by near isolation for many months afterward. This would
obviously preclude doing her Tour. The worst part was the fact that the
results FOR BREAST CANCER were not promising at all. She decided not to take that
path, instead receiving radiation after the completion of chemotherapy. Months later, published results of clinical trials have supported her
Talks with the sponsor progressed to the point of
"what color and what options" for the C5. Torch Red, of course, and
automatic. The Tour schedule was filling in nicely, and would kick off with a
sendoff from the Maine Governor's mansion on June 11!
in April, Sandy's beloved '63, "Velvet", was sold to Mike, a gentleman from
Indiana. This was a sad day for Sandy and Ben. The '63 had been a part of the
family starting in 1977, and had been sold in '81 and repurchased in '90. Together, they
were responsible for a cellar-full of trophies from shows, including a
"Best In Show", and 60,000 miles of fun.
Augusta ME, 1990
Then came a
major setback! The sponsor became increasingly hard to reach. Calls were not
returned. Finally, the bad news: less than a month before the Tour was to start,
the deal was off!
most people this would have been a disaster, but NOT FOR SANDY! She
mulled this over for all of a few minutes, realizing that common sense would dictate
quitting. Her determination to go through with her plan prevailed, however, and
she called her friend Sonny Soule, who dealt in used Corvettes locally. Then she
started working on the finances.
Long story short: Three days
later, she picked up her new (slightly used) '97 Torch Red automatic Vette!
With the help
of refinancing the house, cashing in her IRAs, and the sale of the '63, she now
nearly flawless 10,000 mile C5 for what became her mission: the Corvettes
Conquer Cancer Tour!
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