Lynda Petty's Brain Tumor 'Completely Gone'
"Lynda went to Duke today for another MRI and the Brain Tumor/Cancer is completely gone!" the foundation reported in a post that went up Monday evening and was reposted Thursday on the Jayski NASCAR website.
"The entire Petty Family is very pleased and would like to thank everyone for the many, many prayers and thoughts as she went through a very difficult time! This is GREAT news! Thanks again to everyone!"
Lynda, whose husband is all-time leading NASCAR race winner Richard Petty, was diagnosed with a Central Nervous System lymphoma, which is a type of cancerous brain tumor, the Pettys revealed on Feb. 4.
She began chemotherapy treatments the following week at the Preston Robert Tisch Brain Tumor Center at Duke University Medical Center in Durham, N.C., which is about 65 miles east of the Petty home in Level Cross, N.C. She started a second round just after the Daytona 500 on Feb. 14 at Daytona International Speedway, where Richard first addressed the subject publicly.
"It is a very rare form of cancer. It's very aggressive, but it's very treatable," a subdued Petty said the morning of the race he won a record seven times. "We feel like we've got the best people in the world looking after the deal. She's already had a couple of treatments and she's looking real good . They feel like they can completely wipe the cancer out.''Lynda received a "heavy" dose of chemo after the 500, followed by a light dose in the last week of February and another MRI on March 1, which showed the tumor had shrunk by two-thirds -- news that lifted everyone's spirits, the foundation reported.
She stayed at the hospital for a couple of days during the first week of March for another heavy dose of chemo, but by mid-March the treatments had been scaled back to every other week.
"She is slowly but surely making it through each and everyday! I have read to her all of the sweet messages from everyone and she would like to thank everyone so much!" her granddaughter, Maggie Farlow Cline, reported on the site on March 13. The next update on March 17 reported that she was gaining her strength back, and that was followed by the good news reported Monday.
The cancer was diagnosed after Lynda began having problems with her eyesight. The Pettys issued a statement on Jan. 22 saying that Lynda would undergo a medical procedure "to determine the cause of an ongoing medical condition."
The Pettys celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last year. In 1959, at age 17, while still a senior in high school, Lynda married Richard after they eloped to South Carolina. He had started his NASCAR career the year before. The Pettys have four children: Kyle, Sharon Petty Farlow, Lisa Petty Luck and Rebecca Petty Moffit. They have 12 grandchildren.