Sindy Hooper, 50, finished the Ironman Triathlon in British Columbia yesterday, just under the maximum time allowed in the race: 17 hours. She finished in 16 hours and 24 minutes.
Why bother? Because when you only have a 10 percent chance of surviving the next five years, you might as well do the things you want to do.
She swam for nearly 2.5 miles, rode a bike for 112 miles and ran a marathon — 26 miles.
She did it in the middle of chemotherapy treatments for pancreatic cancer.
“When I go to radiation, chemotherapy, take meds, look at my scar, I feel like a cancer patient; sad and scared. When I swim, bike and run I feel like an athlete; healthy, happy, and hopeful,” she says. “If you’d like to do something for me … please don’t take your life for granted.”
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