By Anthony Caruso III | Publisher
The Infinite Hero Foundation will not be on a Funny Car this weekend. Instead, it will be replaced with an MD Anderson Cancer Center car in tribute of the late Terry Chandler.
Chandler was the sponsor of the “giving cars” before her death in 2017. She funded the operation of Jack Beckman’s Infinite Hero Foundation car and Tommy Johnson Jr.’s Make-A-Wish Foundation car.
She lost her battle with glioblastoma on July 4th, 2017. These two programs were important to Chandler that the giving cars were extended through the 2020 season.
Beckman will have a wrap recognizing The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center this weekend at the MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park in Baytown, Texas. Chandler received care from the MD Anderson, the cancer and research facility, in Houston
Doug Chandler, her late husband, is using Beckman’s car to say thank you to the medical staff for treating Teri. In addition, this will also be used to raise awareness.
“Before Terry’s diagnosis, I had never heard the term ‘glioblastoma,’ and I know I’m not in the minority when I say that,” Doug Chandler said. “Finding out my wife had been diagnosed with cancer, and that it was the most lethal form of brain cancer and was incurable was devastating. I asked Terry’s team of doctors why there was no cure and they said cures are developed through research, and of course, research takes money. Essentially, funding is what finds a cure.
“By running this car, it’s my goal to raise awareness for glioblastoma and other lesser known forms of brain cancer, which will hopefully lead to more funding for medical research. With this race taking place in MD Anderson’s backyard, this was the perfect place to run this car.”
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center is one of three original comprehensive cancer centers within the United States. The mission of MD Anderson is focused on research on causes, treatments, and prevention of cancer. Their mission statement is “Making Cancer History.”
“The team at MD Anderson treated Terry so well,” Chandler said. “There was no question, where we would take her to receive treatment; they’re the best. My wife championed great causes to bring awareness to others, whether it be military veterans or sick children. I honor Terry by joining in the fight to find a cure for glioblastoma.”
Team owner Don Schumacher, who was diagnosed with head and neck cancer, received treatment at the cancer center, as well, in 2014. Beckman, also had a battle with cancer, as he defeated non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma in 2004.
“I drive the car as a tribute to Terry Chandler, a woman, who didn’t survive cancer,” Beckman said. “The folks at MD Anderson did everything they could for her so I feel a debt of gratitude to the people, who work there, and I feel upon the people, who are patients there. I can’t think of a better way to pay it forward and pay it back than to fly their colors into the winner’s circle at Houston.”