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Former Tampa Tribune writer Holly Cain wins Spirit Award

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Former Tampa Tribune sports writer Holly Cain has been maned as the winner of the National Motorsports Press Association Spirit Award winner.

The award is designed to “recognize character and achievement in the face of adversity.” Cain was diagnosed with breast cancer in July of 2014.

“Cain has shown great courage and a tremendously positive attitude while engaged in a difficult battle,” the NMPA said. “She has been a long-time supporter of the Susan B. Koman Breast Cancer Foundation and has entered may 5k “Race for a Cure” events in honor and memory of friends suffering from breast cancer.”

Cain, who writes for Nascar.com, wrote this: “I am one of those people that never catches a cold. And all of a sudden, after feeling a sizable lump in my breast three weeks earlier, I was caught up in a surreal whirlwind of mammograms and ultra sounds and biopsies and jaw-dropping bad news with every test and doctor visit.”

Cain was named on 66 percent of the ballots.

Gary Shelton is one of the most recognized and honored sportswriters in the history of the state. He has won the APSE's national columnist of the year twice and finished in the top 10 eight times. He was named the Florida Sportswriter of the Year six times. Gary joined SaintPetersBlog in the spring, helping to bring a sports presence to the website. Over his time in sports writing, Gary has covered 29 Super Bowls, 10 Olympics, Final Fours, Masters, Wimbledons and college national championships. He was there when the Bucs won a Super Bowl, when the Lightning won a Stanley Cup and when the Rays went to a World Series. He has seen Florida, FSU and Miami all win national championships, and he covered Bear Bryant, Bobby Bowden and Don Shula along the way. He and his wife Janet have four children: Eric, Kevin, K.C. and Tori. To contact, visit garysheltonsports@gmail.com.

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