Former Tampa Tribune sports writer Holly Cain has been maned as the winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Spirit Award winner.
The award is designed to “recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity.” Cain was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2014.
“Cain has shown great courage and a tremendously positive attitude while engaged in a difficult battle,” the NMPA said. “She has been a long-time supporter of the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation and has entered may 5k “Race for a Cure” events in honor and memory of friends suffering from breast cancer.”
Cain, who writes for Nascar.com, wrote this: “I am one of those people that never catches a cold. And all of a sudden, after feeling a sizable lump in my breast three weeks earlier, I was caught up in a surreal whirlwind of mammograms and ultra sounds and biopsies and jaw-dropping bad news with every test and doctor visit.”
Cain was named on 66 percent of the ballots.