Thunderhill Raceway’s director of operations is taking a leave of absence for several weeks as she recovers from cancer treatments.
Debbie Williams was diagnosed with breast cancer in early October and has been undergoing chemotherapy for the past few months, according to Thunderhill of Kyle.
“I’ve developed severe anemia from the cumulative treatments,” Williams said in a news item on the track’s website. “Although I’ve already completed most of the treatments with the harsh drugs, the side effects are still a problem. I’m currently under strict doctor’s orders for complete rest during the next few weeks.
“So, I know that I need to place my full focus on getting well until my body completely recovers from the strain that the chemo has caused,” she added. “I just know that I can’t perform at full capacity any more, and I’m not comfortable with doing less than my best to get everything done at the race track.”
Williams’ assistant, Colleen Naumann, will serve as acting director of operations while Williams is on leave.
“If you didn’t know, you would never have guessed what Deb had been going through during the offseason,” said Mary Ann Naumann, the track owner and promoter. “She continues to amaze me on a daily basis on what it takes to pull off a race event, including all of the preparation prior to an event.
Mary Ann Naumann said Williams will resume the position when she returns. The next race at Thunderhill Raceway is set for March 31.
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