EL CAJON, California -- NASCAR driver Austin Cameron has won the biggest race of his life. Cameron is officially cancer-free as of Friday, January 7th, 2005.
Cameron underwent extensive screening at the Grossman Cancer Center and was told by doctors that no trace of the cancer can be found. Cameron was also told that his two year program of treatment has ended 3 months early.
“I feel that a huge weight has been lifted from me,” laughed Cameron. “This is the happiest day of my life. I can’t thank the staff at Sharp Hospital enough. I had an amazing amount of support not only from my family and friends, but from the entire NASCAR racing community. My NAPA crew at Bill McAnally Racing was second to none through it all.”
Cameron, 27, was diagnosed with an aggressive form of Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma early in 2003. He missed just four races while undergoing treatment and came back to win the inaugural NASCAR Toyota All-Star Showdown the very same year. While still being treated for cancer, Cameron ran the 2004 NASCAR Grand National Division West Series season recording 5 wins and finishing 2nd in the point standings by a margin of 16 points behind the leader.
“I am more than ready to take my career to the next level,” said Cameron, “and now I know that I am 100% able to do so. I always kept my focus on racing throughout it all. Not getting back in a race car was never an option for me. There are a lot of races and NASCAR championships yet to be won and I am ready to get the job done.”
Cameron is currently pursuing opportunities in one of NASCAR’s premier series.