By Peter Laird, MD
Shad Ireland, the first dialysis patient to complete an Ironman competition is joining Charity of Choice in partnership. To promote this new partnership, Shad will ride in the Bicycling Magazine Open in Philadelphia June 3, 2012. Shad remains active in promoting exercise as a key to improving patients lives on dialysis.
IRONMAN AND DIALYSIS PATIENT SHAD IRELAND PARTNERS WITH CHARITY OF CHOICE. HE IS SCHEDULED TO PARTICIPATE IN THE BICYCLING MAGAZINE OPEN IN PHILADELPHIA
March 27th, 2012 – Minneapolis, MN – Following a grueling week of training Ironman Triathlete and dialysis patient Shad Ireland announces a partnership with Charity of Choice to participate in the Bicycling Magazine Open in Philadelphia on June 3rd. The dynamic Ireland who is scheduled to return to Ironman triathlons this year will ride in the charity event prior to the professionals taking the course. Ireland and Charity of Choice will work together in 2012 to promote individual and corporate social responsibility and charitable impact at the community level. Ireland stated, “It is an honor to work with Charity of Choice because they provide a unique platform for individuals and athletes to really make a difference for the charity of their choice.”
Charity of Choice gives any individual, business, or charity the ability to set up fundraising pages around any event and for your charity of your choice. Charity of Choice’s CEO is Hunter Ziesing, a health and fitness advocate who is outspoken about health issues when it comes to diet and exercise avoid costly and what can be avoidable health issues. “Shad’s story to me is not just about defying odds but he sends an important message not only to those affected by disease but to those who can avoid it.”Ziesing’s younger brother was lost his kidneys and spent over three years on dialysis.
“By riding in the Bicycling Magazine Open in Philadelphia on June 3rd, I hope to inspire people in this country as well as the millions affected by kidney disease across the world to take action and get healthy,” said Ireland. “My biggest goal is to show those who are suffering that anything is possible, no matter the obstacles,” said Ireland.
Shad Ireland has been an inspiration to thousands of dialysis patients in this nation and around the world. He is now entering his thirtieth year of renal replacement therapy. Shad is living his life at its fullest and continues devote much of his energies to inspiring other dialysis patients to engage in an active life. I continue to wish him the best in all that he pursues and we will eagerly await any news of his upcoming events. Shad's story is truly one of inspiration that all dialysis patients should follow in earnest. What he has accomplished in the past points to what he continues to seek and achieve. Once again, we wish Shad the best in his endeavors now and in the future.