Race Car Driver, Breast Cancer Thriver
Kelly Schulist is a breast cancer thriver. In 2019, Kelly found out her breast cancer had metastasized to her liver – something she never expected after beating Stage 1 breast cancer in 2012. Despite this new diagnosis, Kelly did not want to miss out on the thrills of life or the opportunity to advocate for breast cancer patients nationwide.
Kelly became an advocate for breast cancer patients a year before her own diagnosis. After her friend Jackie was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 Kelly joined her “Big and Small, Save Them All” Race for the Cure team to further lend her support. Just a year later, Kelly was diagnosed with breast cancer and Jackie returned the support by introducing Kelly to the Komen OC survivor community.
Since then, Kelly dove right in to bring breast cancer awareness to the Orange County community – you may have seen her and her pink Volkswagen driving around Huntington Beach! While Kelly does sometimes cruise around in her pink car, she also kicks it into high gear in races! That’s right, after attending a car show, Kelly learned about Volkswagen races and was off to the starting line!
Kelly now races cars and dragon boats as part of the LA Pink Dragons with other breast cancer survivors and thrivers.
You can meet Kelly and catch a look at her infamous pink car (virtually) at our first-event Survivor & Thriver Car Parade on Saturday, August 29.
Let’s Cruise! The Breast Cancer Survivor & Thriver Parade is Around the Corner
Get your vehicle and yourself costumed up and ready to party! Bring signs, pom poms, balloons and your friends for a physically distanced celebration of your strength. Drive through the MORE THAN PINK arch, receive your survivor/thriver beads and more.
DJ Desi will be spinning your favorite 80s tunes, the OC Ghostbusters will be on hand for photo ops and there will be exclusive giveaways! Be sure to RSVP here by August 26 to join us and don’t let your family or friends miss out on the fun – they can catch the parade live on our Instagram and Facebook Saturday morning to lend their support virtually.
With the impact of COVID-19 continuing to touch nearly every part of our lives, from our careers and jobs to our social lives and our overburdened healthcare system, many breast cancer patients are in the thick of a perfect storm when it comes to getting questions answered or accessing care. The car parade is just one way to celebrate life during a time when many cancer patients are faced with difficult decisions such as whether to continue or delay treatment. Which is why we also want this car parade to get everyone excited for the second annual MORE THAN PINK Walk! Yes, we are going virtual to help protect the health and safety of all participants from COVID-19, but goals of the walk and of the organization remain the same: To raise critically important funds to support research, access to care and advocacy, so that one day we see a world without breast cancer.
9am at The District at Tustin Legacy