Tri To Breathe - Jim Gardiner
Tri To Breathe is a campaign I started to help raise money and awareness of those around us with lung conditions. As I embark on training for my first ever triathlon - Ironman Maryland on October 7, 2017 I become more and more aware of the power of breath and the sway it holds over my family.
As a frail child I struggled with asthma - always wanting to be an athlete but sidelined by shortness of breath. This common occurance seemed to define me or so I thought. After years of hospital trips, home administered adrenaline shots, and trial and error meds I came upon a crossroad when I was 17. I woke up in the middle of the night with an asthma attack and stopped breathing. Luckily for me my dad pried my mouth open with a spoon and gave me mouth to mouth. That was a turning point for me as I was determined to fight this condition. So I decided to take up the sport of rowing and never looked back. After years of success and a life defined by the sport I now stand at the other end of life's spectrum.
My dad has stage 4 COPD and is in his final chapter of life. Unfortunately I can not reciprocate the gift he gave me all those years ago and save his life. But what I can do is raise awareness and raise some money with which the BC Lung Association can purchase 300 respironics and asthma devices to help others breathe a little easier. Just like when I was 17 - I am now embarking on a new adventure - a full ironman without any previous experience. But what I do have is raw determination, courage, and a mindset forged through rowing.
I sincerely hope you will make a pledge and value the gift we all have to breathe. If we can't breathe nothing else matters. - Jim Gardiner
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