Sherman Goodrich is a pioneering commercial animator and cartoonist whose work has appeared in The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping, Cosmopolitan and most nearly every major magazine. He’s produced hundreds of animated TV commercials and developed animation for Nickelodeon’s “Rugrats” and “Wild Thornberrys.”
That’s all very cool, but that’s not why we wanted to talk to him. Here’s what makes him so extraordinary: he’s a prostate cancer survivor who, at the age 70, became the world’s oldest Body-for-Life Challenge Champion. He entered the international competition and won in the 46 and over class. That’s what we call kicking a little whippersnapper.
Sherman says his story is a lesson of never giving up. He entered the competition several times before he was finally able to compete, and the year he won, it came on the heels of a recurrence of his cancer.
He said he stumbled across the competition by accident as he was researching options for staying healthy since he could not do radiation again and his type of cancer was not an ideal candidate for surgery. He found that exercise may be the key to staying alive.
“The cancer always affects me. It’s worth one, maybe two extra reps. I devote them to the cancer.”
Find out how Sherman went from never working out before to developing an amazing, muscular physique.