Team Poppy Tony

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In November of 2011, Team Poppy Tony was born.

Brother David challenged sister Kendra (Kgo) to a seemingly impossible feat: finishing three full-length IRONMAN triathlons in ten months.

Dro and Kgo Pre St. George Swim

Kgo and Brother D

Nevermind the fact that Kgo didn’t know how to swim, didn’t own a bike, and was nursing a running injury. These were small challenges compared to the ones her father (Poppy Tony) was facing in battling multiple myeloma, a blood cancer without a cure.

IMAZ with Poppy Smiles Cropped

Kgo with her dad at IRONMAN Arizona

Inspired by her father’s ability to defy the odds, Kgo not only covered these distances with her brother, but along the way won an amateur title, qualified for IRONMAN World Championships in Kona, Hawaii and placed placed Top 10 in the world. Having secured her professional qualification in 2013 and 2014, Kgo will race 2015 as a pro!

More importantly, Kgo has used triathlon as a platform to raise awareness and funds in the fight against multiple myeloma. Led by Kgo, supported by many, Team Poppy Tony has raised over $80,000 for myeloma research.

MMRF Power Team Orange

Click HERE to join Team Poppy Tony!

Your donation will benefit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (the MMRF), a fantastic organization that supports the development of Poppy Tony’s most successful treatments.

Family December 2012 Cropped

The Original Team Poppy Tony

To learn more about Team Poppy Tony, check out some fun facts:

#1: Burrito Love

#2: VW Bus

#3: Carrots

#4: Little Shredders

#5: Christmas Diamonds

#6: The Ultimate IronSherpa

#7: More than a Burrito Chef

#8: The Best Medicine

#9: In My Father’s Footsteps

#10: It’s Not Fair

#11: Dress Rehearsal

#12: Spandex, Sequins, and Quitting

#13: Chasing the Boyz

#14: Lovebirds

Rules for Dads and Daughters (Or, How Cancer Blessed My Family)

My Father’s Daughter: Kona 2012 Race Report

Honolulu Marathon Edition: What Would Poppy Do?

Counting Seconds: Syracuse 70.3 Race Report

18 responses to “Team Poppy Tony

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  7. What a wonderful website and such courage, Tony. You have a marvelous family that cares so much about you – you and Meg obviously raised them right. I am so impressed with the attempt (and I’m sure, success) of the Ironman Triathlon. Kendra is a special woman as well as your son-in-law being a special man.

    I wish you the best of luck in recovery of this horrible cancer. I ask Meg about you every time I see her. What a wonderful woman she is as well as your other daughter.

    Jan Temple

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  10. Marcus Kallenbach

    Browsing on the mobile here in a Steak House in Manhattan after yesterdays’s race.

    Sad to hear about your dad. I will have him in my prayers.

  11. Met your father Tony (again) the other night at the RB Inn. Tony was my PE coach in High School circa 1982-83. He inspired me to run/tri years ago without knowing he did. He continues to inspire. It was great to talk to him after 30 years. Merry Christmas to your family.

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