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Triathalon more than just a race for cancer survivor

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Thousands of athletes are expected to participate in Saturday’s Beach2Battleship Triathlon. But some of these athletes had to overcome much more before heading to the starting line.

Mary Kreis is planning on participating for the fifth time, but she never knew her life would get to this point.

When she was 34 years old, Kreis was a newlywed who wanted a tandem bicycle instead of a wedding. Not only did they get the bike, but Kreis and her husband got another surprise — news she was pregnant.

“We discovered I was pregnant and it was just amazing news — something unexpected and something life-changing. But there’s more life-changing news that occurred on the bike that summer,” Kreis said.

While pregnant, she found out she had cancer. With limited options, she underwent clinical trials. These trials saved both her and her daughter’s lives.

PPD holds this event to raise awareness about these success stories.


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