COEUR d’ALENE, Idaho -- A Colorado father and son are competing in Ironman on Sunday. Bob Alexander, the father, was diagnosed with a heart condition in 2009 and his wife Karen was diagnosed with cancer in 2003.
“I died on October 22, 2009. My heart went into v-tach,” Bob said.
This came only six years after his wife Karen called him and told him she had cancer.
Bob did his first Ironman less than two years after having open heart surgery. He is doing his second Ironman this year along with his son Tyler. They are being cheered on by Karen who has been cancer free for a decade.
“He’s been my training buddy since I first started this when I was 16,” Tyler said. “When I’m tired with six miles to go, I think of my dad and my mom fighting through cancer,” he added.
“It’s so special to have my son, to have my wife,” Bob said. “She doesn’t just come to the events, she’s my fuel. She’s there every bit of the way.”
“I’ve been following these guys, doing support for the past ten years,” said Karen. “I’ll run straight to their arms and it will be a dream come true a second time.”
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