|Team Michael Moyles...A story of inspiration.|
Often times our lives are busy, busy in the sense that we spend it doing our every day stuff. My everyday stuff as a professional triathlete is swim, bike, run. And not always in that order. By the end of the day, after I have sat down to dinner with Jeff, sometimes so tired that all I want to do is relax, i often find that even though my body wants to go to bed, my mind is still going full speed ahead!
Ahhh, the brain, what a beautiful thing. It makes you think. It makes your body work. It makes things work, sometimes not so good and sometimes better than before. That is where the story of my friend Michael Moyles comes in. So if you would just give me a few minutes of your time, I want to assure you it is worth the reading and you too will see why I was drawn to him. I was asked for one of my curly head stickers to give to him for his helmet. Not a bike helmet, but a helmet of a different kind. It was a helmet for his brain. See, he is a cancer survivor of the brain kind. He is a runner and we became fast friends back in 2009.
The start of his journey is below in his words:
Like my father, I always loved basketball. I was never very good--but by 1988, I was able to hold my own enough to win a small city-league championship in south St. Louis, near where I was stationed as a Captain the int U.S. Air Force. The following year, our team was in the midst of the playoff semifinal, hoping to defend our title. In a freak accident, I dove for a loose ball at precisely the same time as an opposing player, colliding head-first...when I woke up about 30 seconds later, I couldn't move my right arm, and lay motionless on the court until an ambulance arrived. The days that followed would forever change my life....
You can read the rest of his story and battle with cancer here: http://www.teammichaelmoyles.com/
The story about Michael, well i want to support his cause. I have known people that have had brain cancer and they have inspired others to fight it and live their life's to the fullest and as best as they can. If I can help others be aware of what having a positive attitude such as Michael's, and the achievements that he has accomplished, with cancer or without, I know the world will come a better one to live in.
This is what is called "Victory". Michael has included his family in everything he has done and doesn't pity himself, just always says "What can I do now or what is next?". He is and always will be the true meaning of a "CHAMPION".