Derek Fitzgerald Derek Fitzgerald

Derek Fitzgerald is a survivor of Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma, heart failure and ultimately a heart transplant. After receiving his life-saving transplant in 2011, Derek entered the world of endurance sports and became dedicated to helping others going through their own healthcare journeys.

Derek before heart transplantDerek is an advocate for cancer research, heart health and organ donation. He founded the Recycledman Foundation, a non-profit organization created to improve quality of life for those affected by significant health challenges, in addition to serving on the board of several charities. Derek Ironman Lake Placid

Over the past seven years, Derek has upheld his life’s mission to honor his donor’s gift. He has completed over 80 endurance events, including a coast-to-coast bike ride and multiple Ironman races, including the prestigious World Championship in Kona, Hawaii.

Derek Carlsbad Half MarathonHe is the only cancer survivor and heart transplant recipient to complete a full Ironman distance race. Derek with Daughter

Derek lives in Doylestown, Pennsylvania. When not training or speaking, Derek can be found spending quality time with his daughter Emma.



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