Hope, Dream Big, and Never, Never, Never, Give Up!
Over the years BethAnn Telford has participated in many types of sports and athletic activities, from organized soccer, softball, and field hockey, to running, mountain biking, and skiing. A lifetime of activities and pushing physical and mental boundaries prepared her for her most difficult challenge.
Five months after BethAnn Telford was diagnosed with brain cancer in 2005 and underwent surgery, she ran the Marine Corps Marathon even though she was told she would probably never run again.
Eight and a half years ago, when Telford's doctor discovered that tumor, the lifelong athlete made a bucket list. She knew this was a diagnosis she could not outrun, so she wrote down what she wanted to achieve: the Boston Marathon (she's crossed the finish line three times); the Marine Corps Marathon (she ran it for the twelth time this October); her first Ironman (she completed Lake Placid in 2008 and 2009). But unlike before her diagnosis, when she competed simply for the joy of running, she had another purpose: to raise awareness and funding for brain cancer research. She has subsequently run hundreds of races as part of Team BT, raising over $450,000.
But her biggest bucket list dream, the Ironman World Championship in Kailua-Kona, Hawaii, eluded her. Every year, she applied for a lottery spot; every year, she was denied. She had decided not to give it an eighth try last winter, but one of her training partners had an idea.
That idea, carried forward by thousands of supporters, is why Telford was able to finally compete in Kailua-Kona in October 2012.
"It was my dream to compete at Kona Ironman World Championships." The Ironman competition is the world stage and her participation is about raising brain cancer awareness.
She does have one secret up her sleeve, when she's having a tough time she glances at the inside of her wrist where she has the word "hope" tattooed, reminding her to keep going.
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