During his 33-year NASCAR career, Sterling Marlin has battled back through the field countless times. Yet, his personal fight against Parkinson’s Disease might prove to be his biggest challenge yet.
On Thursday (April 4,) Marlin’s team headed to his social media channels to let fans know that the legendary racer had just completed the third of four surgery stages of deep brain stimulation. The surgeries began on March 11 and will take a total of three months to complete fully.
Sterling Marlin undergoing deep brain stimulation surgery. Read the official press release. -SMR Crew pic.twitter.com/ntzY4sbKQq
— Sterling Marlin (@SMR_114) April 4, 2019
“On behalf of my father and our family, I would like to thank each and everyone of you that have been supportive of my father throughout the years,” said Sutherlin House, Marlin’s daughter, in the release that was shared on his Twitter page. “It truly means the world to all of us. Parkinson’s is a roller coaster physically and emotionally for both the individual and family.”
House went on to say that her father made the decision to undergo the surgery, which ‘delivers electrical pulses to brain cells to decrease symptoms, after consulting with a number of professionals in the field.
And make no mistake – Marlin will race again.
According to a press release, the 61-year-old is scheduled to return to his Pro Late Model race car once he is cleared by medical professionals.