When doctors diagnosed Tina with terminal cancer in 2002, they told her she had only three years to live. It was then she decided to take her skills she learned at the Frank Hawley Drag Racing School in 1998, and compete in the world of NHRA Drag Racing. "I had to make some decisions about what I wanted to do with the time I had left. I decided that racing was one of the things I had been putting on the back burner but something I really wanted to do."
After finding out she did not have cancer, she continued her path of success and positivity by starting a charitable organization called Team Troops. She has become a pioneer as a motivational speaker, gaining a cult following while promoting people to face their fears head on, one day at a time.
With her dragster, Tina travels around the United States visiting troops in need, offering her support and kind words of encouragement. She has also been known to donate tickets to racing events for soldiers and their families as a part of her ongoing hospitality. "My getting to drive race cars is entertainment. People in the military are changing history. It’s important that when they go out to do their job, they know they are fully supported here at home.", she said, reflecting on why she loves helping those in need.
Providing people with love and support is one of the kindest things we can do as human beings, and she is an incredible talent on and off the track in doing so. If you’re lucky enough to catch her on race day, stop by her pit lane to say hello. You can follow Tina on Twitter and Facebook, to keep up to date with her latest racing news. Heck, she might even follow you back.
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