UPDATE: Woman Who Painted NASCAR Track Shares Her Story

By: Danielle Staub, Ashley Rittenhouse Email
By: Danielle Staub, Ashley Rittenhouse Email
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UPDATE 10/09/2013 5:16 PM

A story of survival.

One woman has been through more in her lifetime than many and with all the odds against her.

Brenda Erb lives in Lowell and survived four different cancers, including stage three C breast cancer

We learned about Brenda's journey and her big part in the breast cancer awareness month events down at Charlotte Motor Speedway on October 1st.

She has quite the story to tell - it is almost unbelievable - but after spending time with her and learning what she has been through, we learned this woman is strong.

Starting is 2006 she had melanoma, then colon cancer.

In 2009 she was diagnosed with stage three C breast cancer and then soon after she had surgery to remove a brain tumor.

Brenda has been going to the NASCAR events for three years now.

She got to paint the track with other breast cancer survivors and NASCAR drivers.

She painted the "H" for hope, just like she did the first year when she could barely walk and new this year - the pit wall.

St first she didn't even recognize she was being personally honored at the event

"That meant so much to me because I had started my treatment. I was in my treatment, and I'm like when I was there at the start finish line, I'm gonna finish this treatment, and I'm gonna be victorious, I'm going to make it. And this time when I went to Charlotte, I got to stand in the winners circle and oh my god, I'm like, I'm here I'm in victory circle, I'm able to walk," said Erb.

Brenda says she went through multiple doctors over the years, many of whom didn't diagnose her correctly.

She says working through that and struggling with that, she learned you have to take your health into your own hands.

Brenda says she found doctors that she trusted and helped her survive but she became a stronger and outspoken person through the whole journey.

She gives all the glory to God and says "it's the word believe - you just have to believe."
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A breast cancer survivor from Marietta joins other survivors from around the country in painting a NASCAR track pink.

On October 1, Brenda Erb and more than 100 other breast cancer survivors and their supporters painted the pit wall and the start/finish line at Charlotte Motor Speedway pink in recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

They were also joined by NASCAR drivers Matt Kenseth, Brian Vickers and Elliott Sadler.

"The start/finish line is so important to me, because during my treatment my husband bought me a birthday present while I was in surgery to come to Martinsville," Erb said. "I got to go to the start/finish line... and I was announced for the first time as a breast cancer survivor. That meant so much to me."

The pink-themed Dollar General 300 NASCAR Nationwide Series race is being held at the 1.5-mile superspeedway on Friday, October 11.


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