Cancer survivor, heart transplant recipient and triathlete.

You’ve got to check out Kyle Garlett’s website and learn more about his story. In brief, following the diagnosis of Hodgkin’s lymphoma and subsequent recurrences, new-onset leukemia and heart failure from chemotherapy necessitating heart transplant, Kyle became a triathlete and made an attempt at Ironman at the 2009 Ironman World Championships on Saturday.

From his website:
“Why Ironman? Why Kona? Why do something so hard?

Well, because I can. Because I shouldn’t be able to. Because for so long I couldn’t. Because there are so many that I know who never will. Because the scars on my chest, hip, and shoulder tell my story. They tell the story of my heart donor – a man who exited this world far too early, but in death left behind the most precious gift imaginable.

Because I can now finally scale this mountain. Because however big and challenging it may be, summiting this peak is no longer impossible. It really is this simple: because now I can.”

His story is inspiring to say the least. Read more about his race here.

I’ll be following Kyle in 2010 and wish him the best of luck.

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