Read about the inspirational role fitness played in Todd Hardy’s recovery from lung cancer surgery: “Fitness and excelling at athletics have always been a source of pride. Growing up I was always an athlete. I’ve always worked out and always been in shape. When I asked if I would be able to get back to my current fitness level, I was told, ‘You’ll probably get there; you’ll just need to work at it.’” Working at it was just fine with Todd. In fact, striving to regain fitness became a motivating factor following surgery, guiding his mental and physical recovery.
He was further motivated in his efforts by a concrete goal in the form of an invitation to participate in the #LUNGevity 5K race in Dallas to help raise awareness for lung cancer research. The event would take place five weeks after his surgery. “When I was contacted originally, they asked me if I wanted to walk in the 1-mile fun run,” Todd says. “I said I’d participate, but I would do the 5K—and I would run it.” Todd determined to run the 5K in 35 minutes. On the day of the race, cheered from the sidelines by family and friends, Todd finished the event in 34:56.