Steve Cooper may be the first male to complete an Ironman during cancer treatment (from what I've been told)...At the age of 41, on December 21, 2012, I was diagnosed with very aggressive, stage 4 metastatic prostate cancer with a PSA of 50 and Gleason 4/4 at all 12 biopsy sites, and lymph node involvement, told it was inoperable by the VA and had 6 months to live. I sought multiple other opinions in the private sector and found a surgeon willing to fight with me and had a radical prostatectomy with one nerve spared and a surval nerve graft done to replace the other on January 23, 2013, by Dr. Kevin Bigelow, one of the most highly trained and sought after urologists, and a surgeon from Barrow Neurological Institute.My recovery has been remarkable with most functions restored within weeks and months due to the incredible skill and competency of Dr. Bigelow and the support and training of my close friend and best Pilates instructor on earth, Julie Poplawski. 88 days after the surgery I rode 118 miles on a bicycle to Tucson with my close friends and business partners Ryan and Dave, and ran a marathon a few weeks later in my Army uniform to inspire others to "Never Quit". Given the amount of pain I am in and the aggressiveness of my disease, I feel I will die as soon as I stop moving. My PSA was undectable three months after surgery and is now back so I will soon start radiation and am back on anti-hormone drugs to reduce my extremely high testosterone that is >900.My prognosis would have been much better had a nurse practioner at the VA who examined me sent me to a urologist after detecting a large prostate, so I’m taking part in the Ironman Arizona Triathlon on November 17, 2013, to raise money that will be used to promote greater awareness about prostate cancer, provide free testing to men around the U.S. to combat this leading men’s health disease, and advance cutting-edge research toward finding a cure.As I cross the finish line of the upcoming Ironman Arizona, I hope to serve as an inspiration to others facing terminal diseases to “Never Quit”. I served 18 years in the Army (active and reserve), and am the CEO of Today's Campus media company which publishes the largest feature magazine in higher education. I started a program called VeteransBootCamp.com that helps Veterans secure great careers at no cost to them. I may be living in the bottom of the 9th inning, but I respectfully ask for your help to put an end to the suffering of prostate cancer that strikes nearly 240,000 men each year and kills nearly 30,000 others.You can support Steve's Ironman here: http://www.zeroprostatecancerendurance.org/faf/donorReg/donorPledge.asp?ievent=1061462&supid=388586433Also, we started Ride From Radiation where I am riding my bicycle to and from radiation every morning.
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