After going from an overweight smoker to an Ironman triathlete in less than two years in honor of his infant son’s medical battle, Matthew Murphy, now encourages others to start an easy step-by-step program that he followed to successfully complete his inspiring journey. The program’s first step, that only demands 5 minutes a day, 5 days a week, for 5 weeks, is free and also helps bring awareness to the leading cause of infant deaths that affects a child born every 4 ½ minutes, congenital anomalies. These conditions affected Murphy’s son, Shawn, and demanded three life threatening surgeries including one to repair a rare 1 in 35 million congenital anomaly in Shawn’s first year of life at Texas Children’s Hospital. Matthew decided to share his family’s adversities and experiences publically in hopes to inspire and benefit others.
The iDO!: Health and Awareness Program was inspired by a statement Murphy wrote on his blog (shawnsironman.com) after finishing the Ironman Texas in May of 2012:
“I DO” is such a simple phrase, but it is powerful in so many ways. It confirms the commitment to marriage and confirms truth in a court of law. We live in a world of “I Can’t” and “I Don’t”. Some of us get inspired enough to say “I Can” or “I Will”, but never get around to turning that phrase into “I DO!” I challenge you to change your life mantra to “I DO!” Take the pledge with me:
iDO better myself
iDO better those around me
iDO encourage others that say iDO
iDO help those that are less fortunate
iDO test my boundaries
All it takes to start your journey to a better you today is your first step. Are you ready?
Other athletes chose to take the iDO pledge and now join Murphy to use the Shawn’s Anomaly mission to provide education, hope, and help to families affected by congenital as their “Reason2Race”. Together they have raised over $5,500 of the $25,000 goal set to fund congenital anomaly research at Texas Children’s Hospital and with a future focus to aid in the creation of a standardized congenital anomaly registry in the US.
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