Lynda Petty, wife of all-time leading NASCAR race winner Richard Petty, has been diagnosed with a Central Nervous System lymphoma, which is a type of cancerous brain tumor.
A statement released Thursday by Richard Petty Motorsports said that Lynda will be treated 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.
“We are thankful for the medical team at Duke. My wife Lynda is in good hands,” Richard Petty said. “The doctors and our family are very optimistic that the treatment for this cancer will be successful.”
Lynda had been having problems with her eyesight, and 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.” CNS Lymphoma is generally treated with radiotherapy or chemotherapy or both.
Richard plans to be at the track for Speedweeks at Daytona International Speedway, but it will be a day-to-day thing.