John Andretti recently publicly revealed that he is battling Stage 4 colon cancer. Now, he has even more heartbreaking news to share.
On Thursday, May 25, the veteran racer and 12-time competitor in the Indy 500 tweeted out news that his wife, Nancy, had lost her father.
He writes, “Our family has suffered a tragic loss today with the passing of the kindest man that I have ever known, my father-in-law, Carl Summers.”
But the 54-year-old husband and father of three says he was upset when doctors diagnosed him with Stage 3 colorectal cancer in January, because he and his family knew that it could have been prevented, had he been getting regular check-ups.
“It was something that didn’t need to happen,” John said, “Here I am in this condition and I didn’t need to be like this. This is so easily preventable. Now I’m one step from as bad as you can get.”
“My family has to deal with that,” he continues, “They have to think about it. They stress over it. It’s really unfair to them. That’s been the hardest part for me honestly. I just hate for them to suffer.”
Please pray for them.
“We always thank God for all of you and continually mention you in our prayers. We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ. For we know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you, because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake. You became imitators of us and of the Lord, for you welcomed the message in the midst of severe suffering with the joy given by the Holy Spirit.”