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Dinny - My Connection
Jan 22, 2013 by Paul O'Mahony

My dad took an active interest in all of us and our hobbies and interests. He was always asking questions, coming to the games when he could, shouting from the sidelines. As I started to do triathlons, he’d ask me “well how’s the triathlon training goin youngfella?”. I haven’t done a triathlon in a fair while, but after Dinny passed it was time to get back in the water. Given the purpose, of raising money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma society. Had to do something, and cancer’s in my sights now.

Dad had called me on Dec 18th of 2011, he had been sick with various issues for a while. No amount of tests could show what the cause of it was. The call came in, they had found “something”. A mass. A tumor. Likely malignant. The big C. Fuck.

He took it on the chin, was happy now he knew what he was fighting. And fight it he did, bravely, for 5 months. Numerous tests, and treatments and biopsies and chemo sessions. They couldn’t tell what kind of cancer it was, lymphoma, pancreatic… It didn’t matter. The type it was, in the end, was fast, aggressive, painful and bloody relentless.

Eventually it took him. Dinny was gone. But he lives on in memory, and on bad training days, when I’m sore, I think of him getting himself together to go for chemo, cap on, bouncing out the door with a spring in his step. So I try to bounce out of bed, push through, pull harder in the water, pedal harder on the bike, or grit my teeth and quicken my feet. That’s my way of honoring the man himself.

Just Keep Swimming
Jan 02, 2013 by Paul O'Mahony

Winter training for a triathlon is tough. Usually that's your season to build a solid base, take to the gym, put the bike up on rollers. But for a triathlon in March, you have to train through the winter. 3 weeks of build training, 1 week of rest. Repeat.

It's the same schedule my dad had for chemo. I'm reminded of him all the time through this training, every mention of the word lymphoma, cancer, chemo, blood count, and mostly reminded of what he went through. Pool workouts are so freezing cold, you have to keep moving, then you get out and sprint to the dressing room to shower and warm up. It's absolutely horrible.

But I'm reminded of my Dad who passed in May. Chemo chills wake you in the middle of the night, sweating profusely, but cold to the bone where you can't warm up. Seeing someone you love go through that is humbling, holding them as they shiver, and as much as I miss him, I'm glad he doesn't have to go through that anymore.

So for now, no matter the cold, I just keep swimming

My Fundraising Page
Nov 19, 2012

Thanks for stopping by my Team In Training page.

So earlier this year I lost my dad to cancer. I can't express in a few words how tough this was for him and my family. It's a heartbreaking disease.

So I'm signing up to do something, anything that will help. Along with Team in Training I'm working to help find cures and more effective treatments for blood cancers. To accomplish that mission, I’m participating in the Lavaman Olympic Distance Triathlon in Hawaii in March 2013, 1 mile swim, 26 mile bike, 6 mile run, as a member of The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Team In Training. With your support, I can help improve the quality of life for patients and their families, and help to find cures for these devastating diseases.

Please make a donation in support of my efforts with Team In Training and help advance the research for cures.


Supporter Comments

    "Good luck cuz!! Din would be so proud of ya! We love and miss him lots x "

    Helen La Rossa

    Mon Nov 19 09:35:13 EST 2012

    "You can do it Paul!!! In our hearts and never forgotten your Dad and my Grandma!! "

    Mary Orozco

    Tue Nov 20 01:22:03 EST 2012

    "You are an inspiration Paul! "

    Anita Michel

    Tue Nov 20 01:46:34 EST 2012

    "Run. Run like the wind!"

    Charma Caballero

    Tue Nov 20 03:59:44 EST 2012

    "Fair play skin, don't do a belly flop when your diving in, I'll be a pace ye on the run. Crock "

    Crocky Clancy

    Tue Nov 20 04:13:04 EST 2012

    "Fair dues to you Paul. Dennis would be proud. Best of luck."

    Brian Morris

    Wed Nov 21 11:40:07 EST 2012

    "Glad you are inspired by this."

    Lisa Busby and Jim Jorgensen

    Wed Nov 21 02:27:04 EST 2012

    "Cheers Paulie, I lost my Grandmother to Brain and Lung Cancer. In honer of her... -C.b.C."

    Colin Corstorphine

    Wed Nov 28 10:21:22 EST 2012

    "Good luck Paulie! Any other help you need let me know...that is except for swimming, biking or running :-)"

    Nigel Thomas

    Thu Nov 29 01:09:46 EST 2012

    "Good luck! stay fit and lucky"

    Kevin Brodie

    Thu Nov 29 05:31:57 EST 2012

    "Good cause, Paul. Lost my dad to cancer as well. I know you can do it!"


    Thu Nov 29 07:09:28 EST 2012

    "God bless, your father and his family. Best of luck on reaching your goal."

    Jim and Leslie Mallamace

    Thu Nov 29 07:12:20 EST 2012

    "Good Luck Paul!"

    Patrick DePalma

    Mon Dec 03 09:17:52 EST 2012

    "Get in son!"

    Bryce Larsen

    Fri Dec 14 11:22:52 EST 2012

    "Keep up the good work."

    Kieran Donnelly

    Thu Jan 03 07:41:38 EST 2013

    "Fair play to you Paul, best of luck with it"

    Joanne Colbert

    Sat Jan 05 04:33:40 EST 2013

    "Paulie, I wish you nothing but the best my brother! You have always been there for me. Perform at your best, and carry on your dad's legacy to the best of your ability. "

    Benjamin Benson

    Mon Jan 07 01:06:50 EST 2013

    "Best of luck! Not that you'll need it"

    Sinead Hennebry

    Mon Jan 07 03:11:20 EST 2013

    "My father passed away from lymphoma. Let's beat this thing. All the best to you, Paulie."

    Gregory Kosinski

    Fri Jan 11 05:34:40 EST 2013

    "All the best, Paul."

    Peter Lees

    Fri Jan 11 07:26:15 EST 2013

    "Best of luck Paul. If your Dad was here he'd be so proud and would be in contact all the time looking for updates on your training� the O�Mahony dads, always interested, always involved :-)"

    Brendan Mahony

    Mon Jan 14 05:43:16 EST 2013

    "It's so great that you are doing this, Paul! I am so sorry for the loss of your father. We have lost my sister and niece and my dad is in the fight right now. Hopefully someday none of us have to watch family members tangle with this terrible disease. Love the video by the way! Take care and have fun while you are doing good! :)"

    Rachel Luna-Victoria

    Mon Jan 14 04:55:50 EST 2013

    "Way to go Paul. Go Team!"

    Brian Lincoln

    Mon Jan 14 10:01:24 EST 2013

    "Good man! Best of luck with it!"


    Tue Jan 15 04:16:20 EST 2013

    "Paul - Good to hear from you. Thanks for taking this on. Hope all is well with you. Best, Jon"

    Jon Foster

    Wed Jan 16 05:17:52 EST 2013

    "Fair Play & Good Luck Paul"

    Colin Browne

    Wed Jan 16 11:05:18 EST 2013

    "Great job Paul. I hope you are able to reach your goal brother. You were also looking a little chunk in your last pics so the exercise will help."

    Ed Doyle

    Wed Jan 16 03:19:18 EST 2013

    "Good job Mr O'Mahony; keep up the good fight!"

    Willie Hardie

    Sun Jan 20 10:12:03 EST 2013

    "Paulie, Best of luck with your triathlon. Gillian's Aunt Anne also passed away last year after a 5 year battle with Cancer, so we've had some insight into it all. Luckily for us we have our 4 folks still hale and hearty, and appreciate them all the more for it. Love what you're doing and why you're doing it, fair play! Stephen and Gillian Mulligan."

    Stephen Mulligan

    Tue Jan 22 04:33:11 EST 2013

    "Good work Paul, your Dad would be proud"

    Steve Crawford

    Tue Jan 22 08:29:25 EST 2013

    "Paul - I'm so sorry for your loss. It's incredible that you're honoring your father in this way. Thank you for turning it into a mission to help others. I wish you all the best."

    Andy Brewer

    Tue Jan 22 11:46:42 EST 2013

    "Pauly, This is a great cause. Best of luck with the marathon."

    Mark Gibbs

    Wed Jan 23 06:53:22 EST 2013

    "Denis would be very proud of you, Paul - a great way to remember him. Best wishes in your endeavour!"


    Sun Jan 27 04:53:32 EST 2013

    "Best of luck Paul, your dad would be so proud of you! I can just picture his big beaming smile looking at you in the freezing waters!! Denise O'Leary, Wexford"

    Denise O'Leary

    Mon Jan 28 09:09:58 EST 2013

    "Good luck mate. Great cause. Your dad would be proud."

    Damian Staunton

    Thu Feb 07 04:16:50 EST 2013

    "Paulo, so proud of you and Nat for doing this for Dad. Not a day goes by where we don't think of Dad and what he went through. How tough the times were in hospital and how brave and wonderful he was to ensure we were protected. But also the great memories of a great Dad we had. We were very lucky to have a Dad so interested in us and our lives and our kids. Such a proud granddad also he loved us all. He would be delighted with you think you were dinging for doing this. So keep going, keep pushing with the training. We will continue to remember Dad and laugh and KNOW he was the only one who could make the greatest gravy ever lol. "

    Denise Cummins

    Mon Feb 11 03:22:37 EST 2013

    "This is very inspirational and I guarantee your dad is so proud of you!"

    Gian Paolo Martire

    Sat Feb 16 01:17:31 EST 2013

    "Best of luck, Paulie. It's a great cause and your Dad will be cheering you along all the way. I'd love to buy you a congratulatory pint or 2 after you've done - you may need it! Cheers, Skip"

    Ray Boreham

    Mon Feb 18 04:55:10 EST 2013

    "Dude! Triathlete's get all the ladies! nice work! Getting through the training is the hard part, the event is your reward. Enjoy it brother! "

    Paul Trask

    Tue Feb 19 06:24:23 EST 2013

    "Good luck with the training Paul"

    Gary Staunton

    Thu Feb 21 03:46:37 EST 2013

    "Love everything about this initiative, the cause, the memory, the words and the picture. Well done Paul"

    Cathal McLoughlin

    Thu Feb 21 01:53:07 EST 2013

    "You had me at "i'll shave my head." Actually I lost my dad to cancer, too. Aggressive kind, too, he got 6 months after diagnosis. "

    Jeff Quiggle

    Mon Feb 25 05:33:19 EST 2013

    "Great thing you are doing"

    oliver bayliss

    Mon Feb 25 05:50:14 EST 2013

    "Never give up, never give in!"

    Paul MacMillan

    Mon Feb 25 07:11:55 EST 2013

    "We are very proud of your hard work and determination in memory of your father. Our thoughts will be with you on the day of the Lavaman Triathalon."

    The Volpe's

    Sun Mar 03 05:20:21 EST 2013

    "Good luck Paulie, great cause. "

    Tony Bryce

    Mon Mar 04 06:07:03 EST 2013

    "Best of luck Paul. Emily, Dannie, Ide, Nessa"

    Nessa Mullane

    Fri Mar 08 06:55:50 EST 2013

    "Paul, thanks for helping a great cause! Best of luck out there!"

    Kristian Kind

    Sat Mar 16 07:29:16 EDT 2013

    "$128 - $28 = $100 can still do the math?! Dig for Dinny!"


    Wed Mar 20 11:11:05 EDT 2013

    "Can we still shave your head? "

    Benjamin Benson

    Wed Mar 20 02:53:36 EDT 2013

    "Go hard or go home. Best of luck mate. "

    Mark Rossiter

    Thu Mar 21 05:30:27 EDT 2013

    "Best of luck Paul, enjoy the race, you have done the training, the race will feel much easier because you will be swimming/cycling/running with like-minded people. Your dad will be right beside you every step, pedal, stroke of the way!"

    Rory Murphy

    Sat Mar 23 10:37:30 EDT 2013

    "Good luck Paulie"

    Jenny Dormoy

    Sun Mar 24 01:13:09 EDT 2013

    "Hey Paul, proud of you. It's a great achievement and a nice way to honor your dear old dad. Niall"


    Thu Apr 04 04:29:39 EDT 2013

My Fundraising Total

Raised: $5,244.00 | Goal: $5,500.00
95 %

My Team

Team Total: $10,404.00 | Goal: $9,350.00

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My Thanks To

Anonymous $250.00
Benjamin Benson $100.00
Craig Gorewitz $100.00
Tony Bryce $100.00
The Volpe's $100.00
Paul MacMillan $100.00
Gary Staunton $100.00
Gian Paolo Martire $100.00
Mark Gibbs $100.00
Willie Hardie $100.00
Neal Ater $100.00
Brendan Mahony $100.00
Carlton Osborne $100.00
Nigel Thomas $100.00
Colin Corstorphine $100.00
Lisa Busby and Jim Jorgen... $100.00
Helen La Rossa $100.00
Mark Rossiter $50.00
Kristian Kind $50.00
Napper Tandy $50.00
oliver bayliss $50.00
Jeff Quiggle $50.00
Sinead O'Hara $50.00
Denise O'Leary $50.00
Steve D'Agostino $50.00
Jon Foster $50.00
Megan O'Mahony $50.00
Brian Lincoln $50.00
Rachel Luna-Victoria $50.00
Andrew Chapman $50.00
lisa krenzelok $50.00
Sinead Hennebry $50.00
Kieran Donnelly $50.00
John Hyde $50.00
Jim and Leslie Mallamace $50.00
A $50.00
Kevin Brodie $50.00
Jackie Dixon $50.00
Crocky Clancy $50.00
Ron Weiss $50.00
Mary Ann Fisher $50.00
Charma Caballero $50.00
Anita Michel $50.00
michael murray $50.00
Anonymous $28.00
Niall $25.00
Jenny Dormoy $25.00
Rory Murphy $25.00
Cornelia Davis $25.00
Mike Rynhard $25.00
Katherine Sullivan $25.00
Cathal McLoughlin $25.00
Paul Trask $25.00
Ray Boreham $25.00
Tom Pietryga $25.00
Damian Staunton $25.00
Alex Cannella $25.00
Mike Davis $25.00
Steve Crawford $25.00
Stephen Mulligan $25.00
Ed Doyle $25.00
Norman $25.00
Gregory Kosinski $25.00
Bryce Larsen $25.00
Will Kirkland $25.00
Patrick DePalma $25.00
Brian Morris $25.00
Amy Gracer $25.00
Mary Orozco $25.00
Giuliana Livolsi $25.00
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