With Driven To Cure, 20-year-old Andrew Lee shows us that even while battling a rare form of kidney disease, he can turn his love of cars into a platform to fight cancer.
When you hear the phrase “Car Enthusiast”, what is the first thing that comes to mind? Is it someone who shares a deep passion for learning about cars? Is it someone who eats, breathes, and sleeps car culture? What about when you hear the phrase, “Driven to Cure?”
More importantly, when you hear the word “Car Guy”, who is the first person that comes to mind? While the definition of car enthusiast may be hard to define, it can be simply summed up as someone who has great respect and admiration for cars, and not just their own. They love learning about cars, talking about cars, driving cars, and working on them.
This week, as I was browsing through the many car enthusiast websites out there, I came across an article that made me think about this very question. 20-year-old Andrew Lee is my definition of a true car enthusiast. And not because he is a big, well-known name in the car world yet. It’s for something entirely different.
More from Art of Gears
- 3 Reasons the 2024 Mazda CX-50 Is Among the Best Small SUVs
- The Jeep Renegade Is Discontinued: Here’s a Look at Its Legacy
- 2023 Nissan Armada: A Decent Full Size SUV With 1 Glaring Issue
- Best Minivans: 3 Options for Families With Solid Performance
- Here’s Why the 2023 Ford Mustang Mach-E Is So Popular
To some, it might just be for a reason that is bigger than all of us. You see, 20-year-old car enthusiast Andrew Lee is dying. Andrew has been diagnosed with a rare, genetic, kidney cancer that is incurable.
The disease is called HLRCC, or Reed’s Syndrome and doctors have predicted that even with treatment, Andrew only has about three years to live. But Andrew has not let his cancer diagnosis get in the way of chasing his dream of being a car guy.
Andrew has taken his passion for cars and turned it into a platform to raise awareness to fight cancer. The platform? His 700-hp, daily driven 2015 Nissan GT-R. The goal? To live out his “car guy” dream while raising awareness for cancer research.
With the help of his Dad and the local car culture family, Andrew founded Driven to Cure, a non-profit organization focused on rare cancer research and treatment. Driven to Cure’s sole mission is to bring awareness and provide funding for the research of rare kidney cancers in children and young adults.
Below is the video of Andrew Lee’s journey:
This is a great cause and a great use of Andrew’s resources to raise awareness for rare kidney cancers. It is also important to point out that 100% of the proceeds go directly to cancer research.
The team here at Art of Gears considers Andrew a true “car guy”, and we look forward to following his journey. Again, for more information on Andrew’s story, visit the Driven to Cure official website here: