I woke up from that surgery with a heartbeat and a mission: to honor my donor by raising awareness and giving back to the organizations that helped save my life, and in the process make it easier for the next person who has to follow a similar path. Since that day, I’ve used each moment to become the best custodian I can be to my donor’s legacy. Eight months following my heart transplant, I finished my very first 5K. Several races followed, and in July of 2013, I crossed the finish line at IRONMAN Lake Placid, making me the only cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient in the world to complete the full 140.6 mile challenge. Along with that experience came over 80 other finish lines, including another four more IRONMAN finishes and a 3,400 mile cycle trip across the United States. However, the biggest joy by far has been the birth of my daughter in January of 2015 and watching this amazing little girl, a true miracle, grow up before my eyes.
Now, five years after my first IRONMAN experience, I’m going to run the NYC Marathon. This time, I’ve joined with the Ironman Foundation to give back to the New York community, raising awareness and dollars for a number of charities.
Please join me in helping to save lives by donating to my efforts with the Ironman Foundation. Together, anything is possible.
Thanks for everything,
THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION wrote:
This November, swim, bike, RUN with the IRONMAN Foundation through the 5 boroughs, over the Queensboro bridge and on to Central Park for the finish. As one of the world’s most notable marathons, the TCS New York City Marathon is a must-do race for any endurance athlete. TEAM IMF Athletes are dedicated to more than just reaching the finish line. They are always thinking about the families and organizations that make each race community vibrant and unique. We are IRONMAN Foundation Athletes and we swim, bike, and RUN to create positive tangible change in race communities through grant funding and volunteerism. #RaceForMore