EDMONTON, ALBERTA, CANADA (June 30, 2014) Cancer has touched nearly every person in some way. And while new treatments and technology have greatly reduced the number of deaths in recent years (20% decline since 2001), there is still much to be done to save those currently afflicted with this devastating disease.
One Edmonton family has a new mission after losing a close friend in the past week.Ian Admiraal experienced one of those life-changing revelations when long-time friend and valued support member of Admiraal’s race team – Brenda McKinlay, lost her battle with cancer. McKinlay spent her final hours surrounded by family and friends with support of the Alberta Cancer Foundation.
“Losing Brenda was devastating,” Admiraal confessed. “I want to honor her memory and continue to create awareness, discuss prevention, and seek new cures. We have a race team and the mechanism to get the message out to a national audience. I know this would make Brenda happy.”
The team will partner with NASCAR champion and Canadian hero DJ Kennington at upcoming NASCAR Canadian Tire Series events in Edmonton July 11 and Auto Clearing Motor Speedway in Saskatoon July 16. The team will highlight the Alberta Cancer Foundation on the race cars and through public appearance events leading up to both races.
“We have put a plan together to celebrate Brenda’s life and engage our fans about the facts of cancer and how close to home this disease comes.”
Admiraal Racing is owned by father/son duo of Menno Admiraal, (a successful business entrepreneur and owner of Western Camp Services Ltd. based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada) and by Ian Admiraal, Co-Owner/Director of Race Operations. Admiraal Racing has corporate partnerships with Williams Scotsman, Western Camp Services, Empire Camp, Paradise RV, Gee & Gee Racing, Hitchworks, Swan Rentals and Worksite Construction.
You can follow the Admiraal Racing team on their website, at NASCAR Hometracks, and Racing West.
The NASCAR Canadian Tire Series presented by Mobil 1 will host round four of the 11-race championship and the first leg of the annual western swing at Edmonton International Raceway on Friday, July 11. The Alberta Has Energy 300 will be the series’ inaugural event at the quarter-mile paved oval located in Wetaskiwin, Alberta. EIR has been a NASCAR Whelen All-American Series member track since 2005.
About Admiraal Racing: Based in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Admiraal Racing team competes in a variety of racing disciplines throughout the year including circle track racing, drag racing, and ice racing. The team is owned by Menno Admiraal who also is president of Western Camp Services, the largest independently-owned camp and catering company in Western Canada. Western Camp Services provides services to the Natural Resource Industry, offering new camps from 20 to 1000 men in Western Canada; lodging, groceries, kitchen and housekeeping personnel are included.
About The Alberta Cancer Foundation: The Alberta Cancer Foundation is committed to making a difference for the 43 Albertans who hear the words “you have cancer” every day. As the fundraising partner for the Cross Cancer Institute, Tom Baker Cancer Centre and 15 associate and community cancer centres across Alberta, we invest in the things that matter most to Albertans: earlier detection, better prevention strategies, improved treatment and enhanced quality of life. Donations and support for the Alberta Cancer Foundation can be made by clicking on this website www.albertacancer.ca/28car.