Before her diagnosis, Sherry Pollex was a longtime champion of helping to raise money in the fight against cancer. She founded Catwalk for a Cause in 2010 as well as the Martin Truex Jr. Foundation with her former partner in 2007. Pollex was unable to attend the latest Catwalk for Cause event, which featured children from the ages of three to 15 strutting on the runway, per Survivor Net. However, one of the hosts showed appreciation by addressing the crowd who gave Pollex a standing ovation, “Before we get started, though, I do want to acknowledge Sherry Pollex. Unfortunately, she is not here with us this evening but she is watching tonight. She has been such an instrumental part of this event for many, many years. She’s made it what it is.” Over the years, the charity event has raised over $4 million.
“I believe in what we’re doing with the foundation, but I’ve had to step back from that a little bit because it was taking so much of my mental and emotional energy, and I need that to heal. It’s hard to give other people hope when you’re on that search for it, too,” Pollex told The Athletic in 2022. The cancer advocate added, “I often wonder if that’s my purpose here … maybe I’m supposed to go through all this so I can pave the way for other women.”