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Jeff Offman, a member of the Imperial Coffee Sales Team since 2014, has a very personal reason for participating in his first Joe’s Team Triathlon in Muskoka, Ontario on July 9, 2016.

Two years ago, Jeff was diagnosed with a rare form of testicular cancer. His doctors at North York General Hospital felt this best option was treatment at The Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

Jeff says he was “scared out of my mind” but determined to fight back.

Part of the fight is the triathlon, a goal he set while receiving treatment.

Here is Jeff’s story in his own words, as told on the website of the Princess Margaret Cancer Centre.

“I said to myself, if I ever get well, I’m going to do this. I put in the work when I beat this thing.”

“I had to sit, I had to fight. I dealt with depression which is a common thing doing this. I was weaker than I had ever been in my life, by a country mile.”

“But you get up and you fight.”

“That’s what makes a success. Anybody that’s a gold medalist in sports, they’re not better or more skilled than anybody else. They just work harder, they fight harder, they train harder.

“That’s why they’re the best. It’s not their skill level. You get out there, you take baby steps, you go, you do, you work at it on a consistent basis and you’ll get there.

“Look at all the people that have done it and succeeded. Starting with nothing you do all these little things and you’ll get there. You don’t have to finish, but once you get in there and do it, it’s a lot easier than what you think it is.”

Joe’s Team is one of Canada’s most successful grassroots fundraisers.

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