Last night I had the honor of addressing a roomful of cancer survivors at our local LIVESTRONG YMCA. I have been a member of this Y for about 20 years and a board member for another 6 or so. Given that I am also a leukemia survivor, I am always excited to meet, greet, and talk to our members of this great program which is in partnership with the LIVESTRONG Foundation.
It is so exciting to me to me to see these members taking control of their own destiny as they understand that they really do have choices in how they handle their situation. These folks were truly living ABOVE and BEYOND and not merely WITH any disease. This group seemed particularly engaging and I ended up talking for an hour and 15 minutes. There are few things that I enjoy as much as speaking in front of groups of people. The bigger the group, the better.
Next week I will address about 500 people as the featured speaker at the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training Inspirational Dinner the night before the TriRock Philadelphia triathlon. This is an event I have been involved with for years and have often been the featured speaker at this dinner.
This year’s dinner will be a little bitter sweet because we will be saying goodbye to my coaching partner of 7 years as Todd Wiley is stepping down from his coaching role. The good news is that I will be the one to publicly thank him and honor him with a gift for his many years of service to Team in Training.
Stay tuned. Lots of good stuff coming next weekend.
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