(NEWS CENTER) -- Linda Braley started to get into bicycle racing when she was in her 30s. It was a hobby she put aside when she became a mother, but it later became the source of her strength when she was diagnosed with breast cancer.
She quit her job, and cycling quickly became her world. Linda went on to compete at several different levels sprinting. Earning three medals in the masters national championship and one medal in the world championship.
After the birth of their children Linda walked away from cycling and she and her husband moved to Maine. Her priorities had changed, but it was one particular moment with her and her son that changed Linda's life forever.
"We were reading one night in the fall of 2009 and he in his 5 year old exuberance rolled over and elbowed me in the breast, and it just hurt," said Linda.
Linda was diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer and chose to quickly undergo treatment. Having cancer put things in perspective for Linda. She knew it was important to go back to doing the things she loved.
While in radiation she started riding with a group of women cyclists
Linda has now been cancer free for two and a half years. Getting diagnosed has not only changed how she lives her life, but has changed her family as a whole.