In the winter of 2005, I was diagnosed with brain cancer. I was scared and thought my life would never be the same again. I had my first surgery in the spring of that year and was determined to not let my illness limit what I could do in the future. I would fight to regain my abilities and to push my boundaries, if only to say I am still here and fighting. Having run several marathons before my diagnosis, I slowly learned to walk and run again and was able to complete the Marine Corp Marathon six months later in the fall. Over the last three years, I had the wonderful opportunity to run the Boston Marathon and was able to re-qualify (and set a PR) for Boston in my Father's hometown of Scranton, PA at the Steamtown Marathon this fall and have registered for the Boston Marathon in 2012. Though qualifying for and running the Boston Marathon has been extremely difficult and trying, the sense of accomplishment and expanding my boundaries was helped by the confidence I gained when I finished my first Eagleman 70.3 triathlon and the Lake Placid Ironman.
In 2012, I realized a life-long dream by winning an opportunity to compete in the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii. It was an amazing experience that I was able to share with my family and friends as I crossed the finish line with a flag of "hope" with the names of the many children I have met afflicted with brain cancer written across the front. To read more about my experience on the "Ironman World Championship" tab.