From Diagnosis to Dedication - BethAnn Telford - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 027

Welcome to another captivating episode! Today’s guest is someone who was born with an endurance mindset! Introducing BethAnn Telford, Special Events Coordinator at the US Government partners with host Gregory McDonough to share how her cancer diagnosis motivated her to keep persevering through life. BethAnn also delves into her biggest motivation, her passion for running, and how she gives back to the community. 

  • After being diagnosed with brain cancer several years ago, BethAnn initially considered giving up. However, thanks to her neurosurgeon’s support, she found the strength to persevere. Her motivation wasn’t personal glory, but rather her cancer journey and the people who supported her. 
  • Midway through the 5k, in her hometown, BethAnn’s father surprised her by joining her through a different route. His encouragement, reignited her passion for running after her brain surgery. His motivation during that 5k ultimately led her to compete in an Ironman.
  • John has been BethAnn’s primary trainer not only for global adventures but also in nutrition and various aspects. He integrated seamlessly with her family and her partner, Bob, serving as their biggest cheerleaders, reminding them of how far she’s come. 
  • Support and motivation come from various sources, including trainers, family, friends, and even strangers at the finish line. Sometimes it's about giving back and helping others, running alongside them even if they're not as fast. 
  • A sense of accomplishment in assisting someone else can be incredibly rewarding, and BethAnn’s been fortunate to have people who supported her, even if it meant sacrificing their own time, just because they wanted to see her succeed.
  • Veterans Day is the most important event to BethAnn. Her gratitude for veterans motivates her to give back. Despite not serving in the military, she annually supports and advocates for veterans at places like the Vietnam Wall and Arlington National Cemetery. 
  • Advocating for children with brain cancer helped BethAnn see that they received far less support than adults. This drove her to become a dedicated advocate for children's healthcare. Building bonds with these kids, some now in college or getting married, underscores the significance of her advocacy efforts.

Quote of the Show:
  • "The joy of giving back is more rewarding than receiving." - BethAnn Telford


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Gregory McDonough
Gregory McDonough
Greg McDonough is a seasoned executive who has owned and operated businesses in the professional services sector, navigating them through both good and tough times. He brings his personal experience of knowing what it’s like to be ‘in the owner’s seat’ when working with clients, taking time to ask the questions others may not.
From Diagnosis to Dedication - BethAnn Telford - Chief Endurance Officer - Episode # 027
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