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IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center launches online early detection prevention campaign

Cancer Center Racing Campaign

Cancer Center Racing Campaign

The campaign’s race theme is a nod to Indiana’s storied racing history, sponsorship of Jackson Lee Racing

INDIANAPOLIS–A new public education campaign that focuses on cancer early detection and prevention has been launched by the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Coinciding with the month of May, the campaign’s theme, “In the Race to Beat Cancer, Early Detection and Prevention Win,” is a nod to Indiana’s storied racing history and the cancer center’s sponsorship of Jackson Lee Racing.

The campaign focuses on breast, colon, lung, and testicular cancers as well as head and neck cancer and cervical cancer, the two most common types of HPV-related cancers. Experts from the cancer center provide easy-to-understand tips about prevention and early detection, signs and symptoms, screening guidelines, the latest research, and more.

“Education is one pillar of our mission at the cancer center, and with this online education campaign, we want Hoosiers and others to be informed about things they can do to help prevent cancer from developing as well as be knowledgeable about cancer screenings,” Kelvin Lee, MD, director of the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, said. “Our ultimate goal is to eliminate cancer. If we succeed, our services would become obsolete — and that's exactly what we're striving for. Until the day when cancer is eradicated, we'll continue working towards our vision of a world where no one has to face the devastating impact of this disease.”

The cancer center is the primary sponsor of formula car driver Jackson Lee. Jackson, a motorsports engineering student at IUPUI, drives the No. 47 IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center/Browning Chapman/Prime 47 car in the 2023 USF Pro 2000 Championship presented by Cooper Tires. Jackson is the son of Kevin Lee, anchor/pit reporter for NBC Sports’ coverage of IndyCar.

During last year’s sponsorship, Jackson Lee Racing helped celebrate the center’s 30th anniversary and raise awareness of its history of lifesaving research.

Public invited to free Burger Bash

The public is invited to kick off the week of the Indy 500 by attending Burger Bash. This free event is 6 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 at US Auto Club “USAC” Building, 4910 W. 16th St. in Speedway. All proceeds from a silent auction at the event will benefit IU cancer research. Hosted by Kevin Lee and his radio partner and longtime IndyCar reporter, Curt Cavin, the event will feature a live broadcast of “Trackside with Cavin and Kevin” on 107.5 The Fan. Burger Bash includes appearances by IndyCar, Indy NXT, USF Pro Championship drivers and notable media personalities. Attendees are encouraged to bring their lawn chairs.

VIP tickets are available for purchase. Contact Ashleigh Wahl at with questions or to reserve VIP tickets.

About the IU Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center

The Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center is the state’s only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center and one of only 53 in the nation. The prestigious comprehensive designation recognizes the center’s excellence in basic, clinical, and population research, outstanding educational activities, and effective community outreach program across the state. It is also one of only 33 members of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network. As a member, the center’s physicians have a role in determining the recognized standard of clinical care for cancer patients. The center is the central hub for cancer research and education across Indiana University.