Bendeka & Teva Pharma Video

Here is the link to an info piece I did a while ago for one of my treatment drugs. The manufacturer, Teva Pharmaceuticals, has been using this video internally for a while, now it’s available for broader public consumption on their website.

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Student of the Year Grand Finale Gala Mission Speaker

I’m both honored and excited to have been asked to speak at this year’s Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Student of the Year Grand Finale Gala. Many of you know my story and my ties to this great organization. Looking forward to a terrific evening.

SoY Finale

Details HERE

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Two Ways to Help Save Lives

Just sending a reminder to folks that you have two ways to help me in the fight against blood cancers. I’m currently registered for two different events, both of which benefit The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. And both of which help save and improve the lives of people living with these cancers. Any support of any amount to either effort would be greatly appreciated. Event links are as follows:

Broad Street 10 Miler –  http://pages.teamintraining.org/epa/broadstr18/sbrowntxc

Big Climb Phillyhttp://events.lls.org/pages/epa/bigclimbphilly18/SBrown

Thanks very much for your continued support.

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Broad Street 10 Miler

steve run chemoSo….. here’s the deal. I decided to jump into the Broad Street 10 Miler with Team in Training and could use your help. This year marks 12 years living with chronic lymphocytic leukemia and 12 years working with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society on multiple campaigns. I figured it was time to jump into another event in support of blood cancers like my own while continuing to coach the TNT triathlon team. I know there are many worthy causes out there but I’m asking that you might consider a modest donation to this one. Thanks in advance and thanks for reading.


CLICK HERE for my fundraising website.


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HOKA ONE Shoe Review

hoka-one-one-clifton-4-men-s-running-trainers-in-black-black-a443-600I decided to make the switch to HOKA brand running shoes a few months ago. I wasn’t disappointed with my previous shoe brand, but I was coming off of torn meniscus surgery and wanted to make a switch to a softer and more cushioned ride. And that’s exactly what I got with HOKA. I opted for the HOKA ONE Clifton and admittedly, this transition took a little bit of getting used too. The shoe had a much thicker sole than I had been used to. But in an effort to get back on the road post-surgery as quickly as possible, and hopefully help prevent future injuries, thicker and more cushioned is exactly what I needed. I was immediately impressed with the comfort and fit of the HOKA ONE. I was equally impressed that although HOKA had designed an extremely well cushioned product, they did so without the use of heavy, rigid materials. They added durable cushion without compromising performance. The shoe is also designed to create a “rocker” effect for your feet which propel you forward as you complete your gait and foot strike. In short, I’ve found a comfortable shoe that cushions and protects that is performance focused and competitively priced. That’s a win all the way around. Well worth a look in my opinion. Check them out at www.hokaone.com

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Standing for Something

This morning I learned the sad news that Jason Kilderry had passed away. Many of you know him as the exuberant exercise science fanatic and multisport coach out of New Jersey. Jason was in love with the work he and his staff at ETA did and took a personal and vested interest in the successes (and happiness) of all of his clients, colleagues, and friends. In the fall, Jason was diagnosed with a rare and aggressive form of cancer with limited treatment options. While this prognosis would have dampened the spirits of many people, it lit a fire under Jason. On September 30th, I received the following message from Jason:

“Hey Brother!

I hope you’re crushing cancer, and inspiring people as always. I wanted to reach out to you to see if I could pick your brain about something. If that is cool feel free to text or call anytime that works for you. I look forward to chatting brother.”

jason kilderryI called Jason right away and had the first of what would be a few phone and text conversations. During our first chat, Jason informed me of his diagnosis. He was still in the hospital and had not yet gone public with the news. The thing he wanted to “pick my brain” about was how he can use his new diagnosis to positively influence others. He wanted to connect with organizations and opportunities that can help other patients and their loved ones. He wanted to attack this thing head on will full steam and momentum.

I made some connections for him and we had some great conversations on remaining positive and setting examples for others to follow but time was not on Jason’s side. His recent decline didn’t allow him to do a fraction of the things he wanted to do on this front. But I think it’s important for people to know that understanding how he can use his situation to benefit others was first and foremost on Jason’s mind straight out of the gate.

Jason Kilderry, your spirit will be missed but never forgotten. And your mission will continue on.

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New Movement Sports Magazine Article

Here is my newest segment of Mindful Chatter written for Movement Sports Magazine. Enjoy.

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Welcome Legend Compression Wear

Legend Compression Wear delivers a full line of everyday and performance based compression products and they’ve invited me to join their team as a Brand Ambassador representing their line. This is another good fit as Legend is very philanthropically minded and gives back to and supports many global organizations and causes.

Stay tuned for more including great family and friends discounts.

Legend

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Checking In

Hello out there. It’s been a little while since I’ve checked in. My apologies for not posting some kind of a Thanksgiving greeting but I hope yours was just as wonderful as ours was. We stayed local and remained pretty low key but thoroughly enjoyed our time and everyone is doing very well. I have a few things to update you all on…

On my health front…I am still on a high (but gradually reducing) dose of steroids to tame my enlarged lymph nodes and related swallowing problems but I’m happy to report that the treatments are working well. Steroids are not a long term solution however so now begins the delicate slow dance of tapering me off at just the right rate and making the decision on whether to remain on any dose at all just for maintenance purposes. I see my doc again on Friday and my hunch is that we will reduce the current daily dose to 20 MGs and remain there for a couple of weeks before deciding. More to come, stay tuned.

I can’t believe the next Team in Training triathlon season is just weeks away from kicking off. We will hold some informal fun runs in December and then officially start in January. This team will be training for the St. Anthony’s Triathlon in Florida in late April. A GREAT, GREAT race. Don’t hesitate to reach out if anyone has any interest.

My own 2018 racing calendar is starting to take shape. Some of the events that I have confirmed or penciled in thus far are as follows:

  • Big Climb Philly
  • Escape the Cape Triathlon
  • TRI AC – Atlantic City Triathlon
  • Tri the Wildwoods – Wildwood Triathlon
  • Ironman Lake Placid 70.3
  • Creek to River Relay
  • NYC Marathon
  • Philly Half Marathon

This is a partial list and there are still a few holes to fill but this is a good start. I’m also looking to add a 50k to the mix which will likely be The Dirty German in May in Philly. And I have some volunteering to sign up for but I should have everything finalized shortly.

I’ve added another new partner to the corral as I will be serving as a Brand Ambassador for AMO Advanced Multisport Optics representing their awesome line of performance sunglasses. AMO joins Heart Zones Inc, Pacific Health Labs, and DelMoSPorts in the Brand Ambassador department. More to come there!

And lastly, I wanted to let folks know that I’m sitting for another coaching certification in February. This is the RRCA Coaching Certification held by the Road Runners Club of America and is a comprehensive certification covering all aspects of run coaching. Luckily they are coming to my home town this year so I won’t even need to travel and this is one that I’ve always wanted to have.

That’s about it for the moment! Happy Holidays and we’ll talk soon!

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Heart Zones Blink 3.0 Heart Rate, Step, and Cadence Sensor Product Review

I recently took the Heart Zones Blink 3.0 Heart Rate Sensor out for a spin and have now added it to my training arsenal. The Blink 3.0 brings a practical, accurate,, and easy to use solution to wearable feedback. This has proven to be a very effective way to monitor and track my workouts.

Product-Image-health-club-hrmThe Blink 3.0 sensor attaches to a wrist band and fits comfortably on your forearm which means, no chest strap is required. I had always been accustomed to wearing the binding chest strap with other monitors so I was initially a little suspect at how accurate the Blink 3.0 would be without one. I was amazed that the result was spot on accurate even when worn on a couple of different positions on the forearm.

This product allows for programmable heart rate zones and syncs via Bluetooth with several popular training apps including their proprietary Heart Zones Training app, as well as Runkeeper, MapMyFitness, Strava, and others.

Simply put, this is an affordable, accurate and valuable addition to anyone’s training toolbox. I’ve found it most useful in keeping me honest during some high intensity interval training because it provides the feedback I need to monitor and track time spent in my various training zones.

This is worth a look. Check them out at www.heartzones.com

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