Who’s the Ironman in this race? Pablo, the father? Or his son David? It’s hard to say. David just completed one of the toughest physical races in the world – the Ironman competition. The Ironman triathlon consists of a 2.4 mile swim, a 112 mile bike ride and a marathon – all in one race.
David also has completed the toughest race of life. He is alive. He can walk. He laughs all day and, according to father, ‘is the most adorable boy you can find’.
Doctors told Pablo in their home country of Columbia, South America to go home from the hospital when he was diagnosed with Lennox-Gestaut Syndrom at six months old.
“Your son, David, is not going to do anything. He is going to die in 6 months.”
Lennox-Gastaut syndrome (LGS), is a devastating pediatric epilepsy syndrome that creates multiple seizure types, mental retardation or regression. David has more than 50 seizures per day. But Pablo, the father, manages everyday as happy as they can. And with that attitude, love and B>U spirit, David is now five years old.
When Pablo received the news, Pablo stopped working for a year so he could be with David every day. Pablo started to work from home to be able to be with him, play with him and train there together.
David is doing great according to Pablo. So the best way to honor such a great person is to do the impossible. Pablo chose the Ironman race as an honor to his son because it is a competition of normal people trying to accomplish something greater than themselves.
He uses the Ironman and many other competitions to raise awareness and funds for the Citizens United for Research in Epilepsy or CURE. CURE is a nonprofit organization dedicated to finding a cure for epilepsy by raising funds for research and increasing awareness of the prevalence and devastation of this disease.
Pablo uses his efforts with CURE and his internal spirit to help his son and 50 million other persons who suffer from epilepsy to have hope to cure this debilitating disease. And, thus, Pablo uses his self to try to help others and therefore is another international spirit and ambassador for B>U.
“The training was very hard, but when you have such an inspiration, you can accomplish any thing,” proclaims Pablo.
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