When Eileen “Red” Bildman was diagnosed with neuroendocrine cancer in 2017 little did she know how her life was going to change. It took her well over 10 years and numerous visits to many different specialty physicians, including gastroenterologists, a cardiologist, and an endocrinologist, before she was properly diagnosed. But that diagnosis did not hold her back from pursuing a dream to become a Ferrari race car driver at the age of 58.
On Sunday, May 16, the Ferrari Maserati Long Island’s Rally to Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza 2021 will honor Eileen for her success in winning the 2020 Ferrari Challenge North America Ladies Cup during the Finale at Misano World Circuit held in Misano, Italy. Eileen has selected the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation as her charity of choice to be featured at the Rally.
Always standing out on the track with her flaming red Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo, Eileen decided to compete in the Ferrari Challenge because of her love of racing. Her favorite circuits include Road Atlanta and Laguna Seca, and the one that is very challenging is at Circuit of the Americas. Her ritual before getting out on the track is to close her eyes; think of her son, Kevin (who died untimely in 2001); and say that Kevin is in the car with her in spirit.
Eileen’s advice to everyone living with neuroendocrine cancer is “live your life and make every day like it could be your last. For the past three years no one even knew I suffered from this and basically I did not want them to! Now it is time to let people know that you can have a life living with and being treated for cancer. I try to not let the bad days get me down and remember there are more good days than bad. I am not a victim, I am a survivor.”
All are welcome to participate in the Ferrari Maserati of Long Island Rally to the Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza restaurant in East Norwich, New York and join in the celebration honoring Eileen “Red” Bildman to benefit the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation. Enjoy an afternoon of Italian delight with authentic wood-fired pizzas, a variety of wine tastings by VinoFiamma & AltaNeve, Gelato by Gemalli’s, sweet treats from Dortini, and live music. The event will be held from 4 pm to 7 pm.
Parking passes will be given on a first-come, first-served basis for clients of EAG registering a Ferrari, Maserati or Alfa Romeo. Space is limited. Spectators welcome. RSVPs are not necessary and donations to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation are welcome at check-in.
For more information about the May 16th event or to donate to the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation in honor of Eileen Bildman, click here: www.eagevents.com/event/rally-to-red-tomato-2021
SPECIAL NOTE: The Rally to Red Tomato Artisanal Pizza 2021 to honor Eileen Bildman was originally scheduled for April 25. Due to an inclement weather prediction it was moved to Sunday, May 16 from 4 pm to 7 pm.