Louie Bonpua was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) when he was 32. Determined to show that “you can still live even when you are told you are going to die,” he joined Team In Training, completing an impressive nine triathlons including Ironman Canada in 2001. Ironman Canada has a 17-hour time cut off; Louie crossed the finish line with less than four minutes to spare. The estatic crowd cheered him in, shouting “Louie, Louie, Louie.” The Ironman Canada race directors were so moved by his story, they honored him with the Iron Spirit Award.
As we celebrate the tenth anniversary of Louie’s accomplishments this year – nine triathlons while undergoing cancer treatment – we are reminded that anything is possible.
So watch Louie’s tribute. Share it with others. And be inspired.