Several people have inspired me during their fights with cancer. From my neice to my friend to my former colleague to my daugher's soccer coach, many I know well have touched my life as they have and/or are currently battling like warriors through something I cannot fully understand and hope I never get the opportunity.
I'm a newer triathlete, having done 4 triathlons this past year. I had to learn to swim for fitness (as opposed to fun and survival), run farther than I ever have before at one time, and climb hills on my bike that intimidate me. During my on-going training, often hours at a time, I think and reflect about those important to me who have overcome far greater. I'm now stepping up to run this half-Ironman 70.3 - 1.2m swim, 55m bike, and 13.1m run - and know that means many more hours of solitary training to be inspired by those warriors even more.
This triathlon I am dedicating to them and hope to do some good at the same time for others I do not know. I am proud to partner with Team for Life. They provide financial assistance for cancer patients for experimental and clinical trials not covered by insurance - often the difference between survival and death. I've been wearing my Lighthouse "SextonStrong" socks during my triathlons in support of my recently passed friend who's unflailingly optimistic spirit still lives on in me and so many others.
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