Ten-year-old Colin Walsh of west suburban Naperville competed Saturday in the kids portion of the Life Time Triathlon at Montrose beach. He placed an impressive 68th out of 500 athletes who competed in the event. What is unique about this boy?
The Chicago Sun-Times newspaper reported yesterday that this young boy has cystic fibrosis and averages about 80 to 90 percent lung function. He has to swallow a cocktail of pills every morning, breathe in a medicinal powder through a nebulizer and wear a vibrating vest that shakes the mucus off his lungs.
But that doesn’t seem to be slowing him down. The newspaper reported that Colin swam 100 meters, biked 4 kilometers, and ran 1 kilometer. His 15 family members were there to watch him do all this in less than 24 minutes.
The paper says that for someone who has the degenerative lung disease, median life expectancy was 31 in 2003 when Colin was born. But since then, it has increased to 38.
However, the key to living longer and healthier with this condition is finding an exercise program that you enjoy. For young Colin, that is this triathlon event. For more information on this inspiring story, visit the Sun-times website www.suntimes.com.