Derek's goal is to help those facing insurmountable odds ignore the mountain in front of them by focusing on the very next step.
Through the miracle of a donor heart, Derek has not only overcome the devastation of cancer and heart failure, but became an endurance athlete post-transplant. He has dedicated his life to helping others by proving that anything is possible.
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Gig Length: 30 - 60 minutes
Derek Fitzgerald Bio
Founder, Recycledman Foundation
Endurance athlete and speaker
Derek Fitzgerald is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart failure and ultimately a heart transplant. After receiving his life-saving transplant in 2011, Derek entered the world of endurance sports and became dedicated to helping others going through their own healthcare journeys.
Derek is an advocate for cancer research, heart health and organ donation. He founded the Recycledman Foundation, a non-profit organization created to improve quality of life for those affected by significant health challenges, in addition to serving on the board of several charities.
Since 2011, Derek has upheld his life’s mission to honor his donor’s gift. He has completed over 90 endurance events, including a coast-to-coast bike ride and multiple IRONMAN races, including the prestigious World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.
He is the only cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient to complete a full IRONMAN distance race.
Derek lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. When not training or speaking, Derek can be found spending quality time with his family.