Despite grueling treatments, experimental drug protocols, surgeries and battles with four types of cancer, triathlete Tony Handler has never given up and continues to beat Mr. Cancer every time he crosses the finish line.
The man who has beaten cancer over and over again is now ranked number two in the world for his age group, in the Ironman 70.3 distance. It would be an incredible feat for any athlete, but since Tony has to swim for 1.2 miles, bike for 56 miles and run for 13 miles at every event, it also proves that when you believe in yourself and refuse to give up, you can achieve amazing things.
Not even six different types of cancer and more than 20 surgeries can slow Tony Handler down. We catch up with this 75-year-old triathlon superstar.
The rules of aging are being rewritten every day. In this week’s episode, meet a photographer who is showcasing those who continue to shine late in life and a woman who wants to help us all break free of the ruts in our lives.
Who has Tony Handler beat at every one of his 255 triathlons? Mr. Cancer. This eight-time survivor explains how he went from being given two years to live 29 years ago to an Ironman triathlete. Find out what amazing goal he’s working toward now.
No one’s life is without setbacks. For many, Growing Bolder means facing up to challenges: relationship issues, battles with illness, financial struggles, basically standing up to face the unexpected head on. We call it Overcoming Obstacles.
Cancer is on track to become the No. 1 killer in the world. For anyone who has battled cancer or watched a loved one face the difficult diagnosis, it’s crucial to believe that there is life after disease. We’ve got the proof.
Why is triathlon one of the fastest growing sports in the U.S.? And why is the 40-plus crowd the fastest-growing segment? It’s the Growing Bolder spirit.
Despite his struggles with a rare form of pancreatic cancer, Tony Handler is still pushing himself to complete triathlons.