Jul 06, 2017

13 YEARS OF RUNNING RACES AND COACHING OTHERS TO DO THE SAME COMES DOWN TO THIS.........THE 2017 IRONMAN WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP IN KONA.

In case you made it to this site unfamilar with what an Ironman is: it is a 2.4 mile swim followed by a 112 mile bike ride followed by a 26.2 mile run.

In case you made it to this site unfamiliar with the story that was the catalyst launching me into a world of cancer fighting: it started in September 2002 when my father was diagnosed with leukemia. I did not think it could get much worse than that but the next 15-16 months would test my family and I.  Shortly after my father's diagnosis, my wife became pregnant with our daughter Isabella. On July 31, 2003, what was supposed to be a celebration of our 4th wedding anniversary turned horribly wrong.  With just a few days until her official due date, Isabella passed away at birth. This was harder than words could ever describe and it also took away some of the fight in my father and he was soon after pronounced terminal.  On January 12, 2004, my father lost the war with cancer.  A few months after this, while already in a high risk pregnancy with our son Jaden, my wife was diagnosed with cancer.  It was surreal and unbelievable and true. Thankfully my wife beat the cancer on this occassion and 5 years later when it returned.  If you ever want the longer version of this story, please visit my blog at www.training2savelives.com or our website at WE WILL FIND A CURE

Those hardships really created the person I am today.  I was beat down but I stood up to fight back and make a difference. My losses defined me. My losses created me. My losses are what drive me on a daily basis.  That being said, these events are my personal story.  Everything I ever do is to try and make my father, daughter and wife proud but I do NOT want Ironman Kona to be about me.  If I am blessed enough to get to the finish line, I will certainly shed a tear because I like to believe my Dad and Isabella are at every finish line but this journey is about all of us. If you have lost someone to cancer, I am training for you.  If you are currently fighting cancer, I am training for you.  If you have children, I am training so that they may one day know a world without cancer.  To train for a race such as this will be a lot of work.  To get to the start line healthy will be quite a challenge for me because the last 3 years have been filled with rehab and surgeries following an accident in Sepember 2013.  Crossing the finish line will be equally as challenging because Kona is an animal of a race for a guy like me who a)has been through all of those surgeries and b)does not do well in heat........and the heat in Kona is brutal.  I am willing to do everything I can to push past these barriers but all of that will be meaningless if we do not raise the money which will help lead to a cure to end cancer.   

My goal is $130,000. It might sound impossible but I have seen impossible happen many times and I would like to see it happen one more time.  Nelson Mandela said " It always seems impossible until it's done".  When I coach for Team in Training.....the same organization that has blessed me with this spot in Kona......the Nelson Mandela quote is how I close out every season.  On October 14, 2017 when I hopefully run down Ali'i Drive some time before midnight, I hope to have proved the quote true one last time.  Won't you join me in making a huge impact on this world.   Won't you help me prove that anything is impossible.  Won't you join me in reaching your hand into the darkness to help those souls impacted by cancer.  I know them.  You know them. The sad stories are endless.  Let's make this story about hope.  I have asked many times before but I have to ask one more time...........please join me in this fight.  Please stand by my side.  Let's #BeatCancer together. 

Christopher D. Wilno

 

You're a rock star, Chris! Very proud of you.
Brian Raymond,
You continue to be an inspiration Chris. Keep on fighting.. keep on pushing.. for yourself and others. Sending much love, strength, and appreciation your way. GO TEAM!!
Trisha Choate,
I believe in you, Coach! There's MauraUtoLove!
Maura McCartan,
Your determined spirit and persistence inspire us all. Thank you, Chris, for your continued selfless efforts to help those who need you. We are cheering you on!!
Virginia and Van Garner,
Good luck Chris!!! Thanks for all you do!
Geri Weinfeld,
We support you in your journey! - James Suarez and Family
James Suarez,
You are an amazing Coach and athlete. I am honored to have trained under you and now to support you in the journey. Go kick booty in Kona! #GoTeam!!
Danielle Pinnt,
Your dedication to finding a cure for cancer is amazing! I know you won't stop until you do. Thank you Chris from the bottom of my heart! ❤️
Katie Mattingly,
My son has finished 3 Iron Man competitions so I have an idea of how hard you are training! Saw the article about your fund raising in Fountain Valley Living Magazine. Hope this donation helps you meet your goal. Best wishes to you, and thanks for helping to cure cancer.
Sheri VanderDussen,
Keep on crushing it Chris!!! Impressed with your commitment and dedication as always!
Anonymous,
To my amazing coach..friend..mentor and hero..you are going to rock Kona! Love to Crea and the kids..Get er done dude! Love u all to the moon and back! Take that Cancer!! Don't mess with Texas lol and don't mess with Cancer Warriors! We've got this..love love
Laura Maloney,
Go Chris go!!!
Nick Cutri,
Much respect to you Chris! Thank you for fundraising. Supporting you, the LLS and all those fighting! Honoring those who are now our Angels! Best of luck to you for the rest of your training until Kona!
Amy Tran,
This donation is a company Charitable Gift Match, matching a donation made by one of our employees, Brooke Dourian.
Anonymous,
Good luck with your training!! Thank you for your dedication to the cause!
Meghan Fitzgerald,
Your passion is inspiring! Good luck in Kona, Chris!
Gary & Wendi Nitti,
Go Coach Chris!
Jack Archey,
Well done! You can do it! So inspirational!
Farah M,
happy birthday
leah beck,
I started doing tris with TnT 16 years ago in honor of my mom. I am very inspired by your lofty fundraising goals. Keep up the good work!!
Wayne Warrington,
You have inspired more than you will ever know Coach, keep doing what you are doing. You have touched many live, including mine. #GoChrisGo
Carlos Pineda,
You will rock it, Chris!!
Dr. Daniel Geller,
Christopher, I wish you much success with this amazing effort.
Elaine Williamson,
Good luck!
Petty Goodman,
Honoring your fundraising
Anonymous,
I am inspired everyday by your messages of strength, courage and determination. You have never given up when obstacles come your way and have lead by example to keep on fighting until we find a cure! Go team.
Jenny Stanley,
To my beautiful mother who lost her battle to breast cancer and to my beautiful daughter who works hard to save people's lives ridden by cancer.
Shirley Kempf,
Way to make a difference my best friend!
Jennifer Farina,
Chris you have the heart and soul to accomplish anything you want to do. The very best to you.
Nancy Harrison,
Although I've only met you once at TNT practice, I've been following your journey and cheering you on from afar. I am so encouraged by your dedication and commitment and offer much respect and gratitude for your commitment to end cancer forever. Your journey brings me hope that I also can overcome cancer and beat this stupid disease.
Susan Santoro,
Good luck Chris - send me a picture of that medal!
Jim Dugan,
SO PROUD OF WHAT YOU HAVE ALREADY DONE
George Eifert,
With love from the Erlandson family!
Petra Erlandson,
From Daniel Halimi- Chris, thank you for everything you’ve done for TNT and LLS in memory of family and friends. Thank you for inspiring me, and so many other people, to do incredible things. No one deserves to be in Kona more than you right now.
Daniel Halimi,
Thank you Coach Chris you are amazing! Blessings to you.
Sheilla Perez,
Because you never quit. Go get it!
Karen de Klerk,
The fight against cancer is an honorable one: We fight to remember those we've lost, and we fight to make things better for the future. Some of us fight harder than others -- and you are one of the biggest fighters out there, Chris. Never give up.
Layla Bohm,
I'm cheering you on from my coach!!!!! Go get your Ironman!!!! Go Team!!
Elsa Inarra,
Good Luck Christopher!
Rich Cruse,
The race has started!!! Whether or not you finish (you will!!!), watching your journey to this point has been inspiring!! I hope you finish TWO races today... Kona and your fundraising goal.
Marcela Estrada,
Go Chris Go!! I’ve not had the pleasure of meeting you yet but so proud to be part of your TNT family.. such an inspiration!! Will be watching at the finish!!
Richelle Gutierrez,
Chris, I was apart of the west side TNT team in 2009. Even though I don't think you coached that season, I quickly learned of your dedication and ambition through several teammates and have been inspired to follow your journey. I too lost my father to leukemia and can relate to the harshness of this awful disease. I'm cheering you on today all the way from MN. Go Team!
Liz Anderson-Benrke,
Go Team!
Suzy Boyett,
Your dedication is unwavering. You are a great example to all of us.
Cristina Warfield,
Get it Chris! Go team!
Sahar & Dawn Louk,
Walk it on in to that finish line..your almost there.. So very proud of you
Judy Williamson,
Thank you, Chris, for your continued efforts to find a cure!
The Raymond Family,
So inspired by you today, we just had to give more. Wish it was the last 12%, but here you go!
Debra, Michael, and Aiden,
Coach, you got this. So inspirational, I am happy to have know you all these years and all the amazing thing so many of us have done, have been because you were there. Go rock this, have an amazing day and lets get to your fundraising goal Bally and Christy
Baljinder Randhawa,
Making it possible for others to dream
Lori Jomsky,
YOU! Less than 5 miles and you will cross that epic finish line with so much class, grace and inspiration. Congratualtions!!!!!!
Kelly Miyahara,
Congratulations, Chris!
Christy Noel,
You are an incredible human being. Thank you for everything you’ve done & continue to do. And HUGE CONGRATS on Kona!!!!! Woohoo!!! Pop some bubbly!!!
Erin Freyermuth,
Congratulations on an amazing race!
Kristen Peralta,
Congratulations Chris!!! We knew you could do it. You are such an inspiration!! I will never forget all of the confidence and inspiration you gave me during my first marathon attempt (ever) after my own non-hodgkins lymphoma treatment (and now have completed 3 half-ironmans). I owe this to you and I am so proud to know you and be a part of this cause with you!!! Congrats again IRONMAN!!!!!
Renee & Alex Alas,
GO TEAM!!! Amazing job Coach Chris! High fives from Australia!
Jenny Lewis,
Thank you for continuing the fight for Krissy and for those whose lives were taken way too soon. My mom was one of them.
Vicki Shinto,
Thank you for doing this and it was so good to see you while racing in Kona
ron harvey,
Go Coach Chris! So proud of you!
Aubrey Walton,
You wanted the majority of the donations in May? Be open to getting it in April, Chris! Shortly before your 2013 accident, you coached & coaxed me (w/ Lori) to persevere in my 1st half-marathon: * after I was freaked out by the heat before the run started when the sun hadn't yet risen; * after I fell & injured my leg but refused to quit even though it occurred near a first-aid station before the halfway mark; * after I could no longer keep up with any of my teammates; * after I barely snuck in at miles 9 and 10 in front of the sweepers. Even after I was pulled out for time at mile 11, when I couldn't stand or walk straight, when I probably was dehydrated, when my hate for being out in the extreme heat and sun hadn't abated, and when I felt ashamed for not completing the full length of the run, you stayed with me until you knew that I could leave being proud of what I'd done. 72 is a multiple of 18, the Hebrew letter Chai, representing life & luck. Best of all to you, my friend!
Ronel Wright,
Much more inspirational than marketing.
Leslie Stevens,
Chris- I was there the night you won man of the year, I've heard your story many times and it never ceases too bring me to tears--- and now I thank you for all that you continue to do--- all of you beautiful TNTers who help keep my husband alive (diagnosed 12 years ago- CML and NHL). Go make it your proudest of moments...... we will all be there with you in spirit
Beth Tarbuck,
Wishing you the best of luck.
Judy Williamson,
Dad would be so proud of you. Happy Easter !!
Marjorie Wilno,
My best friend had leukemia, she lost her battle.. Thank you for your hard work and dedication.
Jane Cowles,
Very happy to support you Chris, thank you for all that you have done for the cause and for helping Jasmin and I grow in the organization. We will always appreciate it.
Team Fafa - Mike and Jas,
So inspired by you! And we are honored to know you.
Jen Labrocca & Joe Pease,
Kick cancers butt!
Law Offices of Esther Hopkins,
Aloha! Go, Chis Go!
Ross & Aman Prout,
Closer everyday!
John Stirrat,
Good luck Chris. I have every faith in you! Thanks for all that you do! Jemma
Jemma Martin,
Thanks for all you do, Chris!
Phyllis Ryne Bubar,
GO COACH!!
Paul Wintner,
Way to go, Wilno! You're an inspiration.
Emily Chung,
Go Chris!
Debra and Michael Kelley,
Thanks for all you do Chris. My nephew Lewis and friend's Son Ralph are currently in clinical trials in the U.K. Paid for by LLS and their prognosis wouldn't be as good without people like YOU. All our love Jemma, Keeley and Cleo
Jemma Martin,
Have a great time Chris!
Jennifer Harned,
Bless you!
Rich Cruse,
Go Chris Go!
Jennifer Farina,
Chris, what you are doing and have done is amazing! We are happy to make a donation to your foundation. The Team at Coastal Floor in SC. Gigi & Johnny Freeman
Gigi Freeman,
Thank you for being an amazing leader and inspiration!
Sarah Harris,
You are so inspirational Chris! <3
Allegra Williams,
Thanks for all you do!
Renee Guirguis,
It's my 40th birthday so I'm donating to some of my favorite organizations today. Thank you for doing what you're doing. It sucks losing dads and loved ones to cancer. You continue to inspire me and I will be rooting for you to have healthy, successful training and an awesome race!! GO TEAM!
Beckie Burns,
Best wishes!!
Marian Manzer,
You are an inspiration, Chris!
The Gutto Family,
Coach Chris, you, your family and angels are truly inspirational! Get it done out there - one way or another! Sláinte.
Eryn Doherty,
Thank you for all that you do for patients with blood cancers and for all of us who are working desperately to find a cure. We WILL get there some day.
Manisha Pai,
thank you Chris, for your strong spirit and your dedication to defeating this debilitating disease. Despite the personal tragedies that you overcome, you are blessed and we are blessed by knowing you.
Carlos Gonzalez,
Good luck with the Iron Man - I'll be thinking of you sitting on my couch eating a cheeses pizza!
Jim Dugan,
Go rock & roll! You'll hear me cheering all the way from SoCal
Charlene Levy,

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