Tommy Grace was in his early thirties when he completed what he thought was his last 5K run. Agonizing hip pain caused him to finish nearly dead last and in tears. Tommy suffered from arthritis of the hip caused by hip dysplasia, a condition in which the hip joint doesn't form properly.
Tommy was an active athlete throughout high school and college, and continued his focus on physical fitness after college. However, at the age of 33 his hip pain had become unbearable. The once active athlete found it nearly impossible to play a round of golf or climb stairs. Tommy was referred to MOR hip and knee specialist Dr. Craig Della Valle in the fall of 2007. After discussing his options with the doctor, he underwent a hip resurfacing procedure in December of that year. "Tommy's drive to get back to the lifestyle he once lived made him a great patient to work with. I couldn't be happier with the success of the hip resurfacing procedure," stated Dr. Della Valle.
Tommy has been given a second chance to continue his active lifestyle. In May 2010, Tom made the decision to begin training for the Chicago Triathlon through the AIDS Foundation of Chicago. He has never tested his endurance to this extent, but on August 29, 2010, Tom will compete in the Olympic Distance Triathlon. The event will include a 1-mile swim, 24-mile bike ride, and 6-mile run. "Completing a triathlon has been a goal of mine for some time and when the opportunity came to accomplish my goal while supporting a great cause the decision was easy," explained Tommy. "The results of the surgery far exceeded my expectations. I never thought training for a triathlon would be possible."
For more information on the race and Tommy's fundraising goals visit: afc.aidschicago.org