Category Archives: health & fitness

Weekly Fit Tip – Set Measurable & Realistic Goals

Some people are Olympians. They have the genetic makeup and the resources to reach performance levels that most of us will never know. Don’t let the fact that we are not all Olympians limit your own dreams. Set measurable and realistic goals for yourself and don’t expect the same results as the pros you see [...]
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Through Her Eyes

Here is the chapter in my book Relentless Mettle – My Cancer, My Rules written by my wife. She recalls her perspective on my leukemia diagnosis. As told by Mary Grace Brown. In 2005, we had an extremely difficult year.  Steve’s dad was experiencing increased shortness of breath and after being evaluated, he was found to have [...]
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Rewind – My Diagnosis

An excerpt by my book “Relentless Mettle – My Cancer, My Rules” I received my calling into the world of endurance sports in 1986 when a friend invited me to do a triathlon with him. I scrambled to borrow a bike and a helmet and had no idea what else to wear but was instantly drawn [...]
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Weekly Fit Tip – Have a Plan but Be Flexible

On the subject of exercise plans … yes, plans are good. Have a plan, but be flexible. Consider the plan to be your high level road map guiding you to your destination. But be prepared to react to those unexpected road closures and delays. An  adjustment to or deviation from your plan is not necessarily [...]
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The Thing About Derek

Many of you have been following the journey of Derek Fitzgerald. Derek is a Philadelphia area cancer survivor and a heart transplant recipient who has turned obstacle into opportunity, and limitation into victory. I first met Derek 4 years ago through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team in Training program where as a survivor living with [...]
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Weekly Fit Tip – Choose the Right Plan

Many people are overwhelmed at the concept of starting an exercise program. My advice to you is to keep it simple. There is a plan out there for everyone. By starting out with manageable goals there is a greater likelihood that you will stick to your plan. Strive for a balanced attack on fitness which [...]
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Big Climb Philly

I felt it was time to jump into something a little different. So next year I thought it would be fun to take part in Big Climb Philly and climb the tallest building in the city. This is a Leukemia & Lymphoma Society event and our efforts go to LLS’s funding of treatment options for [...]
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Another New York State of Mind

Well another NYC marathon is in the books. This weekend marked my 7th time running the Big Apple and my 26th marathon overall. All 7 of my NYC marathons have been for the charity Grassroot Soccer, a charity founded by my good buddy and fellow cancer crusher Ethan Zohn. This year was another memorable adventure. [...]
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Ridley Swim Camp Talk

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a group of swim camp participants at the Ridley High School in Delaware County PA. There was a wide range of ages present from 9 – 14 and then some coaches and parents sat in as well. After talking about my background and experiences regarding sport, cancer, and [...]
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Checking In and Checking Up with CLL

I reported out on social media last week that I received a good checkup with from my oncologist last Friday. While that is a very true statement, let me take a minute to elaborate exactly what “good” means. I walk out of his office at the conclusion of any appointment with an agreed upon understanding [...]
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