Laurel Wassner is the first cancer survivor to become a professional triathlete and the first cancer survivor to qualify for the Ironman World Championships in Kona, Hawaii (October 2015) as a professional. 

After a successful collegiate swimming career at George Washington University Laurel was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, a cancer of the white blood cells, the year after she graduated. The six-month regimen of chemotherapy and radiation that Laurel endured included a lifetime of small victories—jogging to chemo treatments— and losses—feeling too fatigued to get out of bed on Christmas morning. After her recovery, Laurel worked as a photo editor at several NYC-based magazines before turning to triathlon full-time in 2008. Her first year competing as pro she was named USA Triathlon's Rookie of the Year.

She has since competed all over the world, finishing every race with a smile on her face. Her never-give-up spirit has inspired countless people to keep fighting for their dreams. 

Follow Laurel's Instagram @athletestyle for daily fitness and food motivation. 

Laurel can also be found on Twitter @laurelwassner