Drafts Before the NFL Draft Talk

On April 23rd, I spoke at a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Man / Woman of the Year fundraising event in support of my good friend and Woman of the Year Candidate Cathy Peduzzi. The hall was filled with several Philadelphia Eagle players, alumni, coaches, staff, and media. It was a real treat for me to hang out with that crew and to be able to speak and share my story and experiences with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society and Team in Training. The key points of my comments went something like this -

My involvement with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society began 10 years ago when I was diagnosed with a chronic form of leukemia. The truth is that this disease has created more opportunities than it has taken away – and – opened more doors than it has closed.

I was a healthy and active kid and adult with ZERO health issues or concerns. After many years multisport racing, I was diagnosed with chronic lymphocytic leukemia on February 24th 2006.

That required 4 immediate week-long rounds of chemotherapy as well as follow up treatment for 1 week every 6 months for 2 years. And even then at best the goal was to manage it and keep it off the radar.

I made some key decisions immediately following my diagnosis. These decisions allowed me to keep this in perspective and keep me in the driver’s seat. First, I signed on as a triathlon coach with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where I get to feed my insatiable appetite for the sport while helping others attain their goals. That decision gave my disease a purpose. Next, I made the commitment to be vocal and open with my experience with the hope that others may benefit. And third, I vowed to never let go of my passions of running, racing and training. Even if it means scheduling chemo treatments around the race calendar or running home from treatment.

I was lucky and reached remission. But this is a chronic cancer and one that I need to monitor regularly with blood draws, checkups, and CT scans. I’ve had a few speedbumps through the years but I continue to respond well whenever treatment is needed.

I am a poster child for all of the things that can go right with a cancer diagnosis. today I remain in complete remission. I have treatment drugs that work and the future looks bright for my disease. Very bright.

People often ask me about the current state of my health. Recently, I have boiled my response down to a few brief words – “I’m not dying and I’m not contagious. So, I’M GREAT”

I owe much of that to the work being done at LLS as they have provided funding for 1 of my drugs and continue to fund some of what’s in the pipeline that will help me and those like me in the future. Simply put – my future is brighter because of the work LLS is doing and because of the support of people like you.

So while I’m proud of the fact that I have completed 26 marathons, an ultra-marathon in South Africa, 12 full  ironman triathlons, and countless other events over 30 years of racing, I’m more proud of the fact that I’ve weathered 46 rounds of chemotherapy.

I’m more proud of the many athletes I’ve been able to coach through the Team in Training program.

I’m more proud of the fact that I can live and enjoy a happy and active life with my wife of almost 30 years, our 2 daughters, and 2 our grandchildren.

I’m more proud of the fact that I still have decades of racing ahead of me.

And I’m more proud of the fact that I have been able to be a voice and have been able to mentor many other patients and their families as they reconcile what it means to be diagnosed.

At the center of all of that is The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. In 2010 I had the honor and privilege of being LLS’s Man of The Year so I’m very happy to support Cathy in her Woman of the Year campaign efforts.

Thanks for being here tonight. And thanks for supporting such a wonderful organization.

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Big Climb Philly

On Saturday April 23rd a number of us will embark on Big Climb Philly. This is a fundraising initiative for The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society that affords the opportunity to stair climb the tallest building in Philadelphia. This is another chance to work with an amazing organization as our efforts go to LLS’s funding of treatment options for those living with blood cancer. Pretty close to home, huh? You can join in on the fun or support me with a modest donation. And thank you!!

Click HERE for my fundraising site.

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Drafts Before the NFL Draft

On Friday April 22nd, I will be attending a benefit for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Man and Woman of the Year campaign and speaking to the audience about my story and my experience and association with The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society as well as Team in Training. Scheduled to attend are Philadelphia Eagle players, coaches, and alumni such as Doug Pederson, Brian Westbrook, Jon Runyan, Connor Barwin, AJ Feeley, Jon Dorenbos, and Harold Carmichael.

For complete details, visit -

http://draftsbeforethedraft.weebly.com/

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Nine Time Tour De France Cyclist and two US Olympian Frankie Andreu will be at Endurance Sports Expo

Frankie Andreu is one of the most successful and popular riders in the sport. Andreu retired from racing at the end of 2000 after a 12-year professional career that included nine Tours de France where he was one of his team’s most selfless performers and reliable workers. In addition, he competed in three Tours of Spain and one Giro d’ Italia.

He competed in two Olympic Games, placing fourth in 1996 in Atlanta and eighth in 1988 in Seoul, South Korea.  He will be at the Expo on Saturday presenting a seminar on Mental Toughness, that will give tips helping all runners, swimmers and cyclists.

In addition to Frankie, there an impressive list of vendors at ESE will feature the latest in triathlon, running, swimming, cycling gear and clothing that will take your training to to the next level..

See you at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, PA on February 20-21.

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Bucks County Triathlon Club 2016 Meet & Greet

WASHINGTON CROSSING, PA (JANUARY 18, 2015) – Author, triathlete, coach and cancer survivor Stephen “RemissionMan” Brown will share his message of perseverance and inspiration at the Fourth Annual Bucks County Triathlon Club (BCTC) Meet and Greet event 6 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at the Feasterville Firehouse, 20 Irving Place, Feasterville-Trevose, PA.

Brown trained for triathlons while being treated for a chronic form of leukemia. Just seven months after his initial diagnosis he completed an iron-distance triathlon (2.4-mile swim, 112-mile bike, 26.2-mile run).  He has completed twelve iron-distance triathlons and has been active as a coach for Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training.  Brown most recently authored “Relentless Mettle – My Cancer, My Rules.”

“I draw parallel lines between the challenges we face in sport and those we face in life and try to use my involvement in the multisport world as a tool to encourage people to break through barriers and understand that all things are possible,” Brown said.

Aspiring and experienced triathletes will also have the opportunity to share tips, get expert instruction and advice, and socialize.  There will be refreshments, auctions and prize giveaways. A Felt Z100 Road Bike also will be awarded in a raffle at the event.

The Meet and Greet aims to bring together triathletes in the off season, promote the sport of triathlon and provide learning opportunities for anyone interested in competing in triathlons.

“This is our biggest outreach and social event of the year,” said Anthony Accardo, president of the club. “It helps our members and prospective members to start getting geared up for racing season.”

The Meet and Greet is in line with the founding principles of the BCTC: to provide a supportive, family-friendly environment for many different levels of triathletes, offer group training opportunities, and keep triathlons fun. Officially founded in 2012, BCTC is a USA Triathlon-chartered training and racing club.  The club grew from an informal group meeting for open water swims and triathlon training along the Delaware River and throughout Bucks County.

The club now has more than 200 members from Bucks, Hunterdon, Mercer and Montgomery Counties and includes more than 30 youth members.

For more information on the Meet and Greet and other events sponsored by the Bucks County Triathlon Club, visit the club’s website www.buckscotriclub.com.   For more information on Stephen Brown please visit www.remissionman.com.

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About the Bucks County Triathlon Club:

The Bucks County Triathlon Club is a USA Triathlon certified triathlon and endurance sports club, with members from Bucks, Mercer and Montgomery counties, and the greater Philadelphia area. With over 200 members, the Bucks County Triathlon Club provides group training and social activities for all levels of athletes participating in Triathlon, Duathlon, road races, adventure races and other endurance sports. www.buckscotriclub.com.

About Stephen Brown – Remission Man

visit www.remissionman.com

About Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training

Visit www.teamintraining.org

Contacts:

Michael Gimpel

(215) 485-3354

mgimpel@yahoo.com

Anthony Accardo

aaccardo@buckscotriclub.com

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Weekly Fit Tip – Be Careful of Experts

Don’t always believe everything that everyone tells you on the subject of health and fitness. There tends to be many “experts” out there in the world with all kinds of opinions, plans, and routines which may or may not be effective or even safe. Although I applaud their enthusiasm, I take their advice with caution. Many times, the ones who claim to be the experts and have all of the answers don’t have a clue what they are talking about.

Talk to professionals and true subject matter experts and make sure a doctor has approved any exercise plan in which you embark on.

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Weekly Fit Tip – We Can All Win

We may all develop and progress at different levels. Don’t let the success of others lessen the significance of yours.  Measure your progress by your standards and not by those of others.

We can all win.

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Eye Opener on PHL17

Thanks to the crew of PHL17 in Philadelphia for having me on this morning talking about Team in Training and The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. You can see the clip HERE.

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PHILLY FIT Magazine

I’m looking forward to once again joining my good friends at PHILLY FIT Magazine to contribute a series of fitness tips in upcoming issues. Through the years, I have been featured in and provided content for this awesome magazine. Stay tuned! Check them out at phillyfit.com.

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2016 Racing and Events

A number of 2016 events are starting to take shape. Visit the Schedule page for a partial listing. More details to follow.

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