Darin, 50 years young, was diagnosed with cancer in November 2014. Since his diagnosis he’s completed a 200km bike ride – raising $6,500 for cancer research in the process! This weekend Darin is competing in Run Melbourne and once again raising vital funds for Peter MacCallum. This is Darin’s #discoveryourpotential story…
After having a lump removed and a short course of chemo, Darin realised just how important his health and fitness was to his cancer recovery journey.
“I ran and went to the gym 3 to 4 days a week prior to having cancer so looking after my body was nothing new”, Darin tells us. However, it was post-diagnosis that Darin decided to give back to the people who had saved his life and so signed up for The Ride to Conquer Cancer, a 200km bike ride from Albert Park to Mornington and back.
One month before race day Darin was dealt another tragic blow when his mum passed away from pancreatic cancer. Despite the heavy emotional toll this took, Darin used his heartbreak to motivate, push and inspire him further. “Losing mum only drove me to ride harder and raise more funds for cancer research”. And that he did, completing the challenging ride and raising $6,500 in the process.
In November this year, Darin will be 2 years in remission and has recently come back to Pinnacle after putting on weight due to medication he now takes following a rheumatoid arthritis diagnosis. Never one to do things by halves, Darin’s renewed gym resolution coincides with another commitment to raising funds for Peter MacCallum cancer research.
“Run Melbourne is just a few days away and if not for Pinnacle Oakleigh and the staff, I would not be able to run this weekend and reach my goal”, says Darin. “I say to anyone out there wanting to achieve a fitness, health or lifestyle goal, get on down and see the staff at Pinnacle because anyone can realise their goals with a bit of help and inspiration from their amazing team.”
We think you’re the amazing one Darin and will be cheering you on from the sidelines this weekend!
*Results may vary. Exercise and proper diet are necessary to achieve and maintain weight loss and/or muscle gain over an extended period of time.