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A True Man of Steel, er, Iron


If you perused my profile, then you may know I am a breast cancer survivor. Cancer survivors in general, therefore, hold a special place in my heart.  I am also incredibly touched by those athletes (and of course especially hockey players!) who take time out to interact and engage with cancer patients and survivors. Some are even motivated to do some fundraising and go above and beyond.

Tyler Wright is such an athlete. 

Wright retired from the NHL in 2007, but returned to his much beloved Columbus Blue Jackets to become the Development Coach. While still a player for the CBJ he founded the Hats for Heroes Pediatric Cancer Foundation which has continued to thrive and is now a premier community giving program in Columbus. The “hat” concept being that each season a specially designed hat is sold with proceeds going to the Foundation. And of course, there are various promotions throughout the season with autographed hats, commemorative hats, etc. 

Well, this summer Wright is going one step further. Actually several steps. actually miles and miles and miles… 

You see, Tyler Wright is training to compete in the Subuaru Ironman Canada on August 29th, 2010. 

It’s a triathlon, folks. That means he has to swim 2.4 miles, then bike 111 miles, then run 26.2 miles. All in the same day

Go back and read that last bit again please then come back and tell me you didn’t say “ouch”. I haven’t had a chance to brag about it yet but I am training to ride a bike 220+ miles in the YSC Tour de Pink. My longest day’s ride is about 80 miles. Granted, I am not now, nor have I ever been, a professional athlete with the physical chemistry and talent that goes along with that. But still… 

Oh – and he’s doing it to raise money for the Foundation. Because he’s incredible. And if that weren’t enough a few weeks back a local bike store held a grand opening and Wright attended, along with fellow Jackets Jared Boll and Derek Dorsett and they took some time to do exactly what makes hockey players so awesome. They hung out with kids. And Cathy Lord, who writes for Light the Lamp shares some wonderful pics of that day. So stop by, check out those pics of hockey players having fun and making people smile. 

Oh and if you want to throw some money into Wright’s “hat,” I am certain he would appreciate it!

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