Baby’s 27 Days lead Father and Friends to Triathalon
Irondads raise $42,000 and Complete Event 

On Thursday, July 17, 2010, Michael and Gizelle Gorkowski welcomed their third son, Jack who weighed in at 9 lbs. 9 oz. Jack was immediately rushed to the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit because he was severely bloated and had an enlarged abdomen. Jack was diagnosed with a rare abdominal cancer. Though he battled bravely for 27 days, Jack lost is battle with cancer on July 14, 2010.

Motivated to help put an end to children’s cancer, Jack’s dad, Michael, teamed up with friends to raise funds for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer by participating in the Ironman Lake Placid on July 24, 2011.



Their goal: to raise $27,000 - $1,000 for every day that Jack lived.  

In September 2010, the Irondads official started training. Lead by coach Eric Sorenson, the team included Michael, Mark Lander, Jim Kleifges, Matt Johns, Robbie Hayward and Bill Fritton. All fathers, these men have raced as part of the Evolution Triathlon Team based in Vienna, VA for several years. This time, they chose the Ironman Lake Placid Triathlon on July 24, 2011 as the backdrop for their fundraising effort to serve as their symbol and reminder of the painful struggles children’s cancer patients and their families endure every day.

All in, the team logged over 68 hours of swimming, 115 hours of cycling, 85 hours of running, and 25 hours of brick workouts to total nearly 300 hours of training. And their efforts paid off. Each Irondad finished the triathlon and the group far surpassed their fundraising goal! All in, they raised $42,000 for CureSearch for Children’s Cancer!

Congratulations and thank you to the Irondads! 

Christine Bork
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