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Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

Three-time NHRA Top Fuel legend Shirley Muldowney has been diagnosed with lung cancer and will undergo surgery in Charlotte Wednesday morning to remove her right lung, where a Stage 2 tumor has grown. Renowned thoracic and cardiac surgeon Dr. Harold Howe will lead the team performing the five-hour long procedure.

"I urge everyone to keep up with their health and get chest x-rays as often as possible to make sure they are okay," the 75-year-old Muldowney said. "I'm a fighter, always have been, and I'm going to fight this as best I can with everything I got. Dr. Howe is the No. 1 guy in the business and he's as ready as I am to get this thing out of me.

"I'm ready for the pain to stop. It's been getting worse the last few weeks as they did biopsies and the pre-op stress tests to make sure I was strong enough to have the surgery. Everything is good, so we're getting it done.

"The fans have always been what's kept me going and I'm sure people will be concerned about me now. Well don't be; I'll be fine. There's still a lot of things left I want to do."

Earlier this year, Muldowney created Shirley's Kids, a charity that helps children in need in cities in which drag racing is part of the community. So far this year, the charity says four children have been given cash donations at races in Gainesville, Charlotte, Houston and Atlanta.

Because of her pending surgery and the doctor-recommended recovery and rehabilitation time, Muldowney's agent Rob Geiger announced that previously scheduled appearances at the NHRA national events in Englishtown, New Jersey, and Bristol, Tennessee, will be canceled. Depending on Muldowney's health moving forward, other appearance dates will be announced on ShirleysKids.org.
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Post Thu May 26, 2016 9:13 am

Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

Surgery was successful and went better than it coulda gone, "and what doctors considered to be a cancerous tumor might just be an infected tumor." (?? not sure if that's a much-better prognosis... ??)
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Post Thu May 26, 2016 9:36 am

Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

Met Shirley a few years back in Denver. Sweet, sweet lady. Our prayers go out to her and her family
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Post Thu May 26, 2016 1:40 pm

Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

I hate to hear about anyone fighting cancer but certainly thankful her surgery went as well as it did.
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i dunno how people do it, the will to fight such a horrible disease, i had a cancer scare back in january, i barely handled that.. glad she is doing well, she is a icon..
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Post Fri May 27, 2016 2:03 am

Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

I was so sorry to hear this. Cancer is just awful. Taken to many I love. I hope the best for Shirley. Saw this from earlier today...
Good afternoon from Shirley herself! She is sitting up & feeling ok. She is overwhelmed by all of the fans outpouring of love & prayers and wants you to know she loves you all! #ShirleyStrong

Many have asked about a place to send well wishes.
Cards can be mailed to:
Shirley Muldowney
c/o Geiger Media Global
526 Kingwood Drive, Suite 96
Kingwood, TX 77339

Or you can send her a message through the Shirley's Kids website at:
http://www.shirleyskids.org/contact-us.html

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Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

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Re: Shirley Muldowney Diagnosed with Cancer

I think after surgery they found that it was non cancerous
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barnes442 wrote:I think after surgery they found that it was non cancerous


You are correct, the tumor was non-cancerous.

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