By Jason A. Smith
Friends and colleagues of the spokesperson for Atlanta Motor Speedway (AMS) are banding together to help her through the most difficult struggle of her life.
Marcy Scott, director of marketing and promotion for the speedway, was diagnosed June 29, with stage III breast cancer. A Think Pink fund-raiser will be held Aug. 8, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Atlanta Event Center at Opera, in Midtown, in her honor.
Scott, who calls herself an "independent person," says she is grateful for the assistance she is receiving from friends during her fight against the disease.
"[They] wanted to do something special for me, and to give me something to look forward to," says Scott, 37. "I was blessed to have people want to jump in and help. It's hard for me to ask for help, but, sometimes, you have to put your pride aside."
Scott says she was largely unaware of her risk for developing cancer, until after she discovered she had the disease. She says post-diagnosis testing revealed she has the breast cancer early onset (BRCA) gene, which dramatically increased her chances of contracting breast cancer prematurely.
"The general public has an 8-10 percent chance of getting breast cancer," says Scott. "I had an 85 percent chance of getting it. Now that I have it, I have a 40-60 percent chance of it coming back."
Scott will also have to undergo a number of medical procedures in the near future. She will have four months of chemotherapy, she says, prior to a double mastectomy, followed by radiation treatment and reconstructive surgery.
In addition, the AMS spokesperson must have her ovaries and Fallopian tubes removed, Scott says, because she currently has a 45 percent chance of developing ovarian cancer.
Still, Scott considers herself "beyond lucky," because of her friends' collective willingness to raise money on her behalf through the Think Pink event. She adds that the fund-raising effort will enable those in attendance to make contributions to expenses not covered by insurance, and will raise public awareness regarding breast cancer.
Scott says she plans to use a portion of the proceeds from the fund-raiser for her medical needs, and donate the remainder to fund breast-cancer research.
Michelle Dauble, director of sales and events for Opera, who joined with several others to spearhead the fund-raiser, has known Scott for 27 years. She calls the Think Pink event a "100 percent personal" endeavor.
"She's one of my best friends," says Dauble. "This is therapeutic for me, and makes me feel like I'm actually doing something to help her. [Scott's] out-of-pocket expenses have already started, and it seems like, with each doctor visit, something new comes up."
Ed Clark, president of AMS, says he has witnessed an "unbelievable outpouring" of support from business leaders and others in the NASCAR industry, who are aware of Scott's battle with cancer. Clark is hopeful Scott will be able to conquer the disease.
"Marcy's one of the key members of our team, and one of the people who makes things happen," says Clark. "Hopefully, she can get through her treatments and be strong. We certainly want to support her through all this."
Matthew Simmons, marketing and promotion coordinator at AMS, works closely with Scott and says he was "flabbergasted" to hear the news of her diagnosis. He adds that Scott's struggle has hit "close to home" with him and his co-workers.
"I knew she was undergoing tests and there was a possibility something significant could be wrong," says Simmons. "But to actually hear someone say, 'cancer,' with a definitive diagnosis, it was so shocking it seemingly made the moment stand still. Even days earlier, Marcy had been her normal self, so the diagnosis seemed so abrupt and certain, that it left you in disbelief."
Simmons adds that Scott's illness has caused him to think about his own health, and the health of his loved ones as well. He says everyone at the speedway is "eager" for Scott to be victorious in her fight.
Tickets for the Opera fund-raiser are $45 each. According to Dauble, the event will include a silent auction, a raffle and a contest for the best pink outfit. For more information, call Opera at (404) 874-3006.