Team Tinmen

Currently there are five members of Team Tinmen who will be competing at the Ironman Arizona race. However, you don’t have to do 140.6 miles in order to be a part of the Tinmen. If you would like to join our endurance racing group please see our website at www.teamtinmen.com

Justin Feria • 30 years old • San Diego, CA

Raised in San Diego, Justin, after a short but severe case of cardiomyopathy, received his new heart on March 21, 2009, at Sharp Memorial Hospital, the same place where he was born. Following that second birthday, Justin took up running, completing his first half marathon just ten months later. In 2012 he completed San Diego’s Triple Crown of Half Marathons (Carlsbad, La Jolla, America’s Finest City), won the Donate Life Champion Award, and moved to New York City to pursue a graduate degree in Sports Business.

Derek Fitzgerald • 39 years old • Harleysville, PA

A survivor of a 2003 diagnosis of Non-­‐Hodgkin’s lymphoma, Derek needed his heart transplant because of damage sustained from chemotherapy. That magical day happened on January 3, 2011, at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Since his transplant the techie by day has turned into an ultimate weekend warrior, completing multiple relays, marathons, triathlons, century bike rides, and in 2012 he was named Philadelphia’s Male Athlete of the Year at The Transplant Games of America.

Kyle Garlett • 41 years old • Los Angeles, CA

Kyle is a four-­‐time cancer survivor and during a bone marrow transplant in 1995 his heart was irreparably damaged, leading to his heart transplant at UCLA Medical Center on October 10, 2006. Three years to the day after that transplant, the author and motivational speaker became the first heart recipient ever to compete at the Ironman World Championship in Kona, HI. And in 2010 he rode the 112-­‐mile bike leg for the first all-­‐ heart transplant Ironman relay team at the Beach 2 Battleship Ironman in Wilmington, NC.

Trevor Kecskes • 24 years old • Colorado Springs, CO

Trevor may be the youngest member of the Tin Men, but he is the group’s veteran transplant, receiving his new heart on June 24, 1998, at Children’s Hospital of Denver due to idiopathic restrictive cardiomyopathy. The EMT, volunteer firefighter celebrated his 14th transplant anniversary in 2012 by completing the Syracuse 70.3 Half Ironman. The Coloradan has also summited seven of the state’s 14,000-­‐foot mountain peaks, with many more to come.

Dan Smith • 47 years old • Philadelphia, PA

Born with a rare congenital heart defect, Dan survived open-­‐heart surgery twice by the age of 3 1⁄2. A sick childhood that included a six-­‐week stretch in a coma, led to a sick adulthood, and finally a life-­‐giving heart transplant at The Hospital of The University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia on November 27, 2005. Since then the father of two sets of twin girls has competed at the Transplant Games and completed multiple triathlons, half marathons, and cycling events.

 

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