BENEFITING: Cystic Fibrosis Foundation
ORGANIZER: THE IRONMAN FOUNDATION
EVENT: Your Journey Your Cause 2017
The time has come that I truly test what the incredible human body can accomplish in a single day event – a full Ironman. Over 140 total miles traveled by swim, bike, and run in a single day. I have successfully completed (2) half Ironman events but now it’s time to attempt the full. My body will hurt, my lungs will burn and my body will want to give up. At the end, I'll have nothing left to give. All of this to be named an "Ironman". I was lucky to know a true Ironman > my cousin, Pat Carroll. To say Pat was the strongest person I knew would be a drastic understatement. His sense of humor and laughter were enough to make your saddest day into your greatest day. When he sang, it was with passion and strength yet was calm and full of comfort; he sang with all his heart and every breath in his lungs. It was the beginning of an incredible journey as a successful and talented musician. When Pat sang, you couldn’t tell that his lungs were fighting his every note or that his body was struggling to find just a little more air. All you could hear was his voice. You just heard Pat – healthy, strong, fighting and winning. Every single day, for over 26 years he battled against Cystic Fibrosis, a rare disease that affects mainly the lungs. Pat’s body hurt and his lungs burned. Every day, Pat lived life as an Ironman. Sadly, Pat succumbed to his illness in 2013 BUT he left a life-long impression on any and every person that was lucky enough to hear his voice. On September 10, 2017, I will attempt to complete my first full Ironman. I will swim, bike, and run for all those suffering, who have suffered, or will suffer from Cystic Fibrosis. I will race for their families. Most of all, I will race for Pat – to honor his strength, determination, and gratitude to live for every moment and for every breath. When the moment comes that I may cross the finish line, the announcer will shout ‘Mario, You are an Ironman,’ but Pat is life’s true IRONMAN. This race is for you, Buddy!
"When your life leaves not even a spark / All you can do is glow in the dark." – Pat Carroll
Through The IRONMAN® Foundation's Your Journey, Your CauseTM program, athletes who already have an IRONMAN race registration have the opportunity to identify a non-profit beneficiary as part of their journey to become an IRONMAN and race for a cause. The IRONMAN Foundation has established a fundraising program that will provide registered athletes with all of the tools necessary to enable fundraising efforts while supporting the mission of their organization. Athletes can choose any recognized non-profit organization as the beneficiary of their fundraising efforts. To sign up for The IRONMAN Foundation's Your Journey, Your Cause program, simply click above in the SIGN UP FOR YJYC button.
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