Kayla Redig was a competitive athlete and elementary school teacher before she was diagnosed with breast cancer at 24 years-old. After experiencing the isolation and uniqueness of being a young adult cancer patient, she grew determined to change the experience for fellow patients and survivors.
“It felt really odd to me to walk into the transfusion center for chemo and see a room full of men my grandfather’s age and then go to a doctor's appointment in a different room covered in balloon stickers and children’s handprints on the walls. Even finding other patients with a similar age and diagnosis across the country was a struggle. Where did I fit in? I often felt very alone but I knew there had to be other young adult patients out there that felt the same. I knew this wasn’t the way the cancer experience had to be for us."
During her treatment, Kayla came up with creative ways to make her treatments bearable, and even fun. From these experiences, her passion for helping others do the same quickly developed. When not with friends and family, she enjoys public speaking, making pancakes, spending time outdoors, and doodling. You can follow her blog here: Love Conquers All.
Caitie likes traveling and eating pizza. She doesn't like crew neck shirts or winter. Caitie met Kayla on vacation in Nicaragua and, like most people, couldn't believe she was already a cancer survivor.
"We immediately bonded while Kayla shared her story with me over a run-that-was-more-of-a-walk, and she remains as one of the most inspiring people I've ever known. To be part of this project, and help build awareness and community for a demographic so deserving is a really humbling experience because... we are vincible."
As a veteran of the Chicago post community, Katherine Pryor has been cutting commercials, videos and films for over 12 years. She credits her love of the craft to her mother, also a breast cancer survivor, who recently retired after 40 years as a news editor. When given the opportunity to collaborate on Vincible, she jumped in feet first. “As an editor, these are the projects that matter. Kayla’s story is incredible and I’m thrilled to help get her story out in the world.”