Inspirational cancer patient uses GT-R to help raise awareness of rare illness
When Andrew Lee was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer, he made it his mission to raise awareness of the disease and chose an R35 Nissan GT-R to help him do it.
At the age of just 19, Andrew Lee was diagnosed with a very rare and incurable type of kidney cancer. Known as HLRCC, the rare cancer’s aggressive nature meant that Andrew was told he had just one to three years to live.
Faced with the reality of a significantly shortened life, Andrew decided that he would use his few remaining years to increase awareness of kidney cancer. And his chosen vehicle (literally) to bring attention to his cause? An R35 Nissan GT-R.
With help from his dad, Andrew purchased the gorgeous GT-R you can see above and uses it for Driven To Cure – an organisation he founded to help children and young adults suffering with rare kidney cancers.
The Driven To Cure GT-R has undergone extensive body and suspension modifications at the Automotive Performance Aesthetic Centre (APAC) in Baltimore, Md. It features Bride racing seats, a custom BSAF Glasurit paint job and a roll cage. The custom engine work was done by David Baker from Baker Performance. Even the number plate reads ‘F CANCR’.
To date, Andrew and his Driven To Cure organisation have raised around $80,000 (USD) for rare kidney cancer research.
Andrew is a huge fan of the Fast and Furious movie franchise. “Paul Walker was my favourite, and he was always driving a GT-R,” he said.
“I fell in love with the Nissan GT-R ever since. The message I would like to share is always try to make the most of what life tosses at you and stay positive. Do the things you truly enjoy.”
You can hear more about Andrew’s story and the awesome Driven To Cure GT-R in the following video – which is available to view in 2160p (4k).
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