Stories about breast cancer that can inspire and inform

Blog  |  Newsroom

Living Life with Passion and Purpose: From Breast Cancer to Race Driver  

Andy Kahle learned she had breast cancer in 2010. But rather than slow her down, her journey put her in the driver’s seat. Here’s her story in her own words.  

In 2010, my life took an unexpected turn when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. But amidst the chaos of surgeries and treatments, there was a constant — our race car. It might sound odd, but we’d bought it before my diagnosis, and it became my symbol of hope. 

Facing cancer was a journey filled with physical and emotional challenges. But what kept me going was the dream of getting behind the wheel of that race car. The roar of the engines, the camaraderie at the racetrack—it was a lifeline that kept me grounded. 

Chemotherapy was brutal and there were moments of despair. However, the goal of racing again fueled my determination. I’d paste pictures of the car in my medical diary, a daily reminder that I had a finish line beyond the hospital walls. 

Finally, after months of treatment, I stood on that racetrack with post-chemo hair, holding a runner-up trophy. Cancer hadn’t won; I had. Drag racing had transformed from a dream into a reality. 

Today, I’m not just a cancer survivor; I’m a race car driver. My passion for racing has grown, and I’m determined to share this incredible experience with others facing their own health challenges. It’s not just about the thrill; it’s about inspiring and supporting others. 

Life’s twists and turns can lead to extraordinary adventures. Drag racing became my therapy, my passion, and my strength. It taught me that no matter the adversity, we can chase our dreams and conquer our fears. So, to anyone facing tough times, find your passion, set your goal, and race toward your own triumph. The finish line is waiting, even if you have to wait until after your battle is won. 

 Statements and opinions expressed are those of the individual and do not express the views or opinions of Susan G. Komen. This information is being provided for educational purposes only and is not to be construed as medical advice. Persons with breast cancer should consult their healthcare provider with specific questions or concerns about their treatment.