In 2003 Martin Evanoff was diagnosed with a rare, incurable form of cancer known as Gastrointestinal Stromal Tumours (GIST). Martin was initially treated with a drug known as Gleevec. He has recently started a new trial drug called Tasigna, which potentially targets resistant cancer cells. Despite his diagnosis Martin made a decision to fight his cancer. He has competed in a number of triathlons and gruelling Ironman events. In 2005 he won his age group championship in the Multisport Series and finished Ironman Lake Placid. He has since competed in four more Ironman Triathlons, including Ironman Canada twice and most recently Ironman Arizona.
In May of 2009 Dan Little had just entered his final training block as he prepared to represent Canada at the ITU Triathlon World Championships at the Gold Coast in Australia. During a visit to his doctor he was diagnosed with Basal Cell Carcinoma, more commonly known as skin cancer. This diagnosis all but eliminated his final swim preparation and significantly impacted his other race preparation. He was determined to continue by fighting his cancer and not let it change his life. In order for Dan to avoid surgery he began a recently approved treatment for skin cancer known as Aldara. Dan did fight back and was able to race and fulfil his dream to represent Canada at the ITU Triathlon World Championships.
It is important to remember that without research into new and evolving cancer therapies, Martin and Dan’s stories would have had a much different script.
Martin and Dan are members of the Blast Triathlon Club in Hamilton. We’re inviting and challenging you to join us and help us raise funds for Wellwood Resource Centre of Hamilton. Wellwoods theme, “Helping People to Live Well With Cancer” is one that we both support. Spend your Canada Day by helping us help Wellwood.