Driven by personal loss, a doctor takes on the Ironman for a good cause

Driven by personal loss, doctors takes on the Ironman to raise money for cancer research

HALEIWA, OAHU (HawaiiNewsNow) - Wayne Warrington's entered Ironman races, marathons, and 100-mile bike rides. Every event is a step outside his comfort zone.

"I've never been the endurance guy," he said. "I was a fullback and weightlifter in high school. This was the complete antithesis of everything I had done as an athlete."

Through the races Warrington, 47, raises funds for cancer research.

People pledge money for every mile he completes.

"If I tell them I'm doing it for a cause, it's a great way to get people to reach into their pocket and donate to a good charity," he said.

Warrington's an emergency room physician at The Queens Medical Center West Oahu. His late mother's battle with cancer motivated him to join the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society's Team in Training, a group that raises funds through race events.

In 2001, he ran his first triathlon to raise $3,600.

"My mom thought I was crazy. She said, 'How are you going to raise that much money?' I ended up raising $25,000 that year," he said.

Since that race Warrington has completed endurance events around the world and collected about $150,000 for the leukemia society's efforts toward a cancer cure.

"Of the 18 cancer chemo therapies that the FDA approved, 15 of them were initially funded by LLS," he said.

Next month, Warrington races in the Ironman World Championship in Kona.

His fundraising goal for the leukemia society is $100,000.

Cholo's Mexican Restaurant is helping.

"If you buy the purple margarita, the dragon fruit margarita, 20 percent of proceeds go to them," he said.

Warrington has also organized a yoga and wine fundraising event for Sept.30.

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Warrington is sure more people will pledge once they hear the reason he and the Leukemia Society's team are entering the Ironman.

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